Mahi Raghav cruises into final at 4th Junior Girls National Boxing Championships

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Two-time Khelo India Youth Games champion Mahi Raghav made her way into the 63kg final defeating Rajasthan’s Nikita at the 4th Junior Girls National Boxing Championships at Delhi Public School (DPS) in Sonipat on Friday.

Mahi, who clinched back-to-back gold medals at Khelo India Youth Games in 2019 and 2020, had to work hard as she secured a close-fought 3-2 victory in the semi-finals. Mahi will now take on Punjab’s Arshdeep Kaur in the gold medal match on Saturday. Arshdeep advanced into the final with 5-0 victory against Andhra Pradesh’s Deepika Sundi.

Haryana boxers pulled off yet another sensational show as they secured place in the final of each weight category ensuring an all-win record on day five of the event. Apart from Mahi, Muskan (46kg), Vishu Rathee (48kg), Neha (50kg), Tanu (52kg), Aarzoo (54kg), Anchal Saini (57kg), Kanishka Maan (60kg), Saneha (66kg), Rudrika (70kg), Pranjal Yadav (75kg), Sanjana (80kg), Kirti (+81kg) were the other Haryana boxers to progress into the final in their respective categories. The final matches will take place on Saturday.

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Boxers in action during the 3rd Junior Boys and 4th Junior Girls National Boxing Championships at Delhi Public School (DPS) in Sonipat 1

Meanwhile the semi-finals of the 3rd Junior Boys National Boxing Championships saw Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) maintaining their fine run as nine of their boxers—Harsh (46kg), Neeru (48kg), Nikhil (52kg), Ashish (54kg), Preet Malik (63kg), Ankush Panghal (66kg), Jackson Singh Laishram (70kg), Naksh Beniwal (75kg) and Rhythm Sangawan (+80kg)—entered final. For Haryana Anshul (57kg), Yashwardhan Singh (60kg), Gagandeep (66kg), Gaurav Saini (70kg), Ishan Kataria (75kg) and Bharat Njoon (+80kg) will be seen competing for gold in their respective categories.

The third edition of Junior Boys and fourth edition of Junior Girls National Boxing Championships witnessed participation of nearly 500 boxers (298 boys and 201 girls). The best performers from the event will be selected for the 2021 ASBC youth and junior boxing championships, which is slated to take place in Dubai from August 17 to 31.