Winless Day for Indian Boxers: Pavitra, Sonia Lose in Quarters
Indian boxers endured a win-less day at the tenth day of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.
Indian boxers had a disappointing day as women boxers Sonia Lather and Pavitra both lost their respective bouts in the Asian Games quarter finals on Tuesday, 28 August.
Sonia, a two-time Asian and world silver-medallist, was up against North Korea’s Jo Son Hwa in her featherweight 57kg category quarterfinal bout.
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The Indian never quite got a measure of her opponent in a contest that could hardly be described as exciting.
Jo was the one mounting most of the few attacks and being a southpaw, she became all the more difficult for the Indian to decipher.
Jo's jabs connected powerfully but the bout itself wasn't particularly impressive, given that both the boxers spent a considerable time clinching and holding.
The duo ended up getting a warning each for clinching.
About 45 minutes later, Pavitra took the ring against home favourite Huswatun Hasanah in the lightweight 60kg category.
The Indian was a comprehensive winner in the first round, unaffected by the partisan crowd's loud support for Hasanah.
However, Hasanah put the power in her punches from second round onwards, not missing a chance to connect.
Pavitra, making her debut at the Games, stood her ground but the effort could not find favour with a majority of the judges, who ruled 3-2 in favour of the Indonesian.
The remaining quarterfinals will be held on Wednesday, 29 August.
Two-time medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg), Amit Panghal (49kg), and Dheeraj Rangi (64kg) will fight it out for a place in the men's semifinals, while Sarjubala Devi (51kg) is the lone woman left in fray for the country.
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