Guwahati : Six time world champion Mary Kom dashed off to finals after putting up a stiff challenge against Asian Championships bronze medalist Nikhat Zareen in 51 kg while former world youth champion Sachin Siwach (52kg) upset Commonwealth Games gold medalist Gaurav Solanki to storm into the final of the second edition of the India Open International Boxing Tournament at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi AC indoor Stadium here in Assam on May 23rd, 2019.
Asian Games gold medalist Amit Panghal (52 kg) and four-time Asian Championship medalist Shiva Thapa (60 kg) were the other gold medal hopes who faced no hassle on their way to the final.
Mary Kom, winnder of 2018 India Open Gold in 48 kg, took time to settle into the much awaited bout as Zareen was the early aggressor. It was the final round that the London Olympic Bronze medalist found her strides and punched her way with the split verdict of 4-1 win to set up a final showdown with Vanlal Duati, a 3-2 winner over Jyoti.
“Nikhat is normally a boxer who doesn’t like to come inside much and I am more of a counter boxer so I used that to my advantage,” said the Manipuri legend after her bout.
A year after losing in the semi-finals, 25 year old Shiva Thapa rode on vociferous cheers of support to set up a revenge match with defending 60 Kg champion Manish Kaushik. Thapa, who came here after a bronze from the Asian Championships, did not take much time to assert his supremacy over Poland’s D Krystian Sczepanski in his 5-0 demolition. Kaushik, meanwhile, thumped Ankit 5-0 in his semi-final.