India’s challenge shrinks in boxing

Harpal Singh Bedi
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Indian women boxers challenge in the Asian Games was reduced to one as Sonia Lathar (57 Kg) and Pavitra (60kg) crashed out losing their quarter-finals bouts to North Koran and Indonesian boxers

Jakarta: Indian women boxers challenge in the Asian Games was reduced to one as Sonia Lathar (57 Kg) and Pavitra (60kg) crashed out losing their quarter-finals bouts to North Koran and Indonesian boxers here on Tuesday. With their exit Sarjubala Devi (51kg) is the lone Indian woman left in fray.

A two-time Asian and world silver-medallist Sonia Lather was battered by North Korean Jo Son Hwa 0-5 in a bout which turned out to be a one sided affair.

Sonia never was in a fight as the North Korean landed punches and jab on her. Jo  sensed that Indian was tentative to start with and she captalized on that by mounting furious attacks and being a southpaw, she became all the more difficult for the Indian to decipher.

The other boxer in the fray, Pavitra was pitted against home favourite Huswatun Hasanah in the lightweight 60kg category.

Pavitra started aggressively and won the first round without being effected by the din and noise created by the partisan crowd for Hasanah.
 
“It was tough but crowd made it much tougher” said Pavitra, without making any excuse.

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