Shagolsem Barun of India has entered the quarterfinal of the ongoing AIBA Youth Women’s & Men’s World Championships 2018, Budapest in Hungary and will box against Panmod Thitisan of Thailand. Earlier, he beat Komolmirzav Sodirbek of Uzbekistan by 5-0 points in the preliminary round to advance to the quarters in Men’s Light Fly (46-49kg) category. The young boxer needs to beat the Thai boxer to reach the semifinals and guarantee India a medal in the championships.
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Asian bronze-medallist Bhavesh Kattimani (52kg) also advanced to the second round with a comfortable victory over Ukraine’s Yurii Tomiuk by 5-0 points to meet Mobin Alaee in the next round.
In Women’s Welter (69kg) category, Lalita got a walkover from Thailand’s Baison Manikon and entered quarterfinals in where she will meet Popp Alina of Germany.
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India were assured of two medals after two women pugilists got direct entry into the semifinals owing to the small size of the draw. Pugilists Sakshi Gaidhani and Neha Yadav of Women’s Light Heavy 81 and Women´s Heavy (+81kg) respectively made the last-four stage to put India on the medal table without exchanging a single blow.
AIBA World Youth Championship Update— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) August 24, 2018
India's Braun Singh (49kg) and Bhavesh Kattimani (52kg) have sealed quarter final berths as 4 more Male Youth boxers will be looking to secure a QF position today at the #YWCHs2018. #PunchMeinHaiDum #ChampsBornHere 🥊🇮🇳💪 pic.twitter.com/GFslWAtSQg
In Women’s Feather (57kg) preliminaries, Sakshi of India will face Matesz Viktoria of the hosts Hungary while Jony will box against Fruean Pelea of New Zealand in Women’s Light (60kg).