Youth Nat'l Boxing: Gitika, Bishwamitra advance into quarter-finals

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Sonepat (Haryana), Jul 20 (PTI) Haryana boxer Deepika upstaged reigning youth world champion Alfiya Pathan in the heavyweight (+81kg) quarterfinals to cause a major upset at the 4th Youth National Championships here.

Deepika produced a splendid show against Maharashtra's Alfiya to secure a 4-1 victory in an intense battle. The bout was held late on Monday evening.

Deepika will now take on Chandigarh's Mehak Mor in the semi-finals. Mehak outpunched Rajasthan's Rishika 5-0 in the quarter-finals match.

On the other hand, 2021 Youth World Championships gold medallist Gitika (48kg) and bronze medallist Bishwamitra Chongtham (51kg) continued their winning run in the tournament and progressed into the last-8 stage on Tuesday.

Haryana's Gitika registered a convincing 5-0 victory against Rajasthan's Yamini Kanwar, while Services Sports Control Board's Bishwamitra notched up a commanding victory against Madhya Pradesh's Shubham Sahu with Referee Stopping Contest (RSC) in the second round of the match.

The on-going Youth event will be followed by the third edition of Junior Boys National Championships and the fourth edition of Junior Girls National Championships which are scheduled from July 26 to 31.

The Youth and Junior National Championships provide a good opportunity for boxers to showcase their skills as the top performers will be selected for the 2021 ASBC Youth & Junior Boxing Championships which is slated to take place in Dubai from August 17-31. PTI KHS PM PM

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