AIBA Boxing C'ship: Sarita Devi dedicates victory to people of Manipur

Annette Crawford
November 18, 2018

"So I am confident about facing her too", Manisha, whose mother Usha Rani was there in the crowd to cheer her on.

But she did admit that the worlds would be a different kettle of fish and she has gathered information on rival boxers from her teammates, especially from veterans Mary Kom and Sarita Devi, who have given vital tips to handle tough situations during the bout. Manisha on Friday outclassed 2016 edition bronze medallist Christina Cruz of United States in a unanimous verdict to book a pre-quarterfinals berth in the Women's World Boxing Championships here. "She is a good boxer", said the Kazakh. However, Christina will use her experience against the Indian. I will give my best and let's see how far I can go.

Both Sarita and Manisha advanced to the prequarterfinals where they will face Kellie Herrington of Ireland and Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan respectively on Sunday.Harrington had won a silver in 64kg in the 2016 World Championships but she has gone one weight category down in this tournament.

With her stamina level dropping in the final round, the Indian held her guard tight and banked on the occasional counter-attack to emerge as the victor.

"The world championships bronze medallist gave a very good fight, her right was very strong and I avoided that. So, I want to dedicate this first round victory to Manipur", said Sarita Devi here. She set-up a pre-quarterfinals clash with Worlds silver medallist in 64kg Kellie Harrington, who went past New Zealand's Commonwealth Games bronze victor Troy Garton 5-0, on Sunday. After nailing the first two rounds, Moun kept her foot on the throttle and relentlessly pressured Cruz to earn the unanimous verdict 29-28, 30-27, 30-26, 30-26, 29-28. "She will really go high", she added.

Sarita then made an impact with a solid right which forced Sandra to go through a standing count in the second round.

Meanwhile, Sarita beat her Swiss opponent Sandra with a 4-0 decision in a 60kg second-round bout. "Under the new points system, you need to have a proper guard and combination of punches to fetch points".

"I am happy and proud of living up to expectations".

60kg: Mira Potkonen (Fin) bt Ajna Stridsman (Aus) 3-2, Sudaporn Seesondee (Tha) bt Stacia Suttles (USA) 3-2, Yeonji Oh (Kor) bt Beatriz Ferreira (Bra) 3-2, Paige Murney (Eng) bt Irma Testa (Ita) 3-2, Agnes Alexiusson (Swe) bt Ditte Frostholm (Den) 5-0, Karina Ibragimova (Kaz) bt Imane, Anastasiia Beliakova (Rus) bt Elisa Williams (Pan) 5-0.

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