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Alfiya enters quarters

City boxer Alfiya Pathan entered the quarterfinals in AIBA Youth Men’s and Women’s World Boxing Championships, in ...
Alfiya enters quarters

City boxer Alfiya Pathan entered the quarterfinals in AIBA Youth Men’s and Women’s World Boxing Championships, in Kielce, Poland on Sunday.

In her quarterfinal bout, she overcame Hungarian Hoffmann Reka 5-0 in above 81 kilogram category.

Meanwhile along with Alfiya Poonam entered the semifinals of featherweight (57kg) category while five of her compatriots advanced to the quarterfinals after securing comfortable wins in their last-16 stage bouts in Kielce, Poland.

Poonam, who has never lost a bout during her entire career so far, eliminated Kazakhstan's Nazerke Serik by unanimous decision in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

She will next face a tough opponent in Sitora Turdibekova of Uzbekistan.

Poonam attributed her success to her coaches and exuded confidence of returning with the gold medal from the ongoing tournament.

From the men's contingent, Asian silver-medallist Ankit Narwal (64kg), Bishwamitra Chongtham (49kg), Sachin (56kg) and Vishal Gupta (91kg) stood just one win away from ensuring a medal for the country.

However, the campaign ended for Nisha Gurjar (64kg) after a 1-4 loss to Latvia's Beatrise Rozentale.

Earlier, Gitika defeated Kazakhstan's Arailym Marat 5-0. Chongtham got the better of Mahdi Kohsroshahi by a similar margin before Sachin got the better of David Jimenez Valdez. His was also an unanimous victory.

Narwal went past Poland's Oliwier Zamojski 4-1, while Vishal out-punched Croatia's Borna Loncaric in his pre-quarterfinal bout.

India have fielded a 20-member team -- 10 men and as many women -- in the competition featuring 414 boxers from 52 countries.

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