first_img Next Asian Boxing Championships: Indian boxers are ruling Asia ahead of semifinalsThirteen of the country’s boxers — seven men and six women — are assured of at least bronze medals in the Asian Boxing Championships.advertisement Press Trust of India BangkokApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 15:11 IST India’s amazing performance in the Asian Boxing Championship has placed us ahead of powerhouses Kazakhstan and China (Photo: @Media_SAI‏)HIGHLIGHTSThe performance has placed India ahead of powerhouses Kazakhstan and China The tournament is being held simultaneously for men and women for the first time”So far we have done exceptionally well but now comes the big test,” said India’s High Performance Director Santiago NievaThe men have already equalled their best ever medal haul, while the women have maintained their consistent domination to put India on top of the standings ahead of the semifinals of the Asian Boxing Championships here on Thursday.Thirteen of the country’s boxers — seven men and six women — are assured of at least bronze medals after advancing to the last-four stage of the marquee continental championship.The performance has placed India ahead of powerhouses Kazakhstan (seven men and four women) and China (two men and eight women).A superb day for India at the #AsianBoxingChampionship in Bangkok with 8 boxers reaching the semis & assuring medals. @nikhat_zareen beat 2-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay in the women’s 51 kg while @shivathapa reached his 4th consecutive semifinal in these C’ships. SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) April 23, 2019The men in medal rounds are Deepak Singh (49kg), Amit Panghal (52kg), Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg), Shiva Thapa (60kg), Ashish (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg).Nikhat Zareen (51kg), Manisha (54kg), Sonia Chahal (57kg), L Sarita Devi (60kg), Simranjit Kaur (64kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) make up India’s representation in the women’s semifinals.7 out of Men’s boxers assure medals at the #AsianBoxingChampionships as the team celebrates in style. An incredible feat from our men! @[email protected]#AshishKumar#Satish#Ashish#KavinderSinghBisht#Deepak#PunchMeinHainDum Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) April 23, 2019Wednesday is rest day in the tournament, being held simultaneously for men and women for the first time, and the local organisers took the opportunity to arrange a shopping trip for the competing boxers.advertisement”So far we have done exceptionally well but now comes the big test. All these semifinals are being treated as finals,” India’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI.The best performance by men was in 2009, which led to seven medals in India’s kitty, including one gold. The best by women was back in 2005 in Taiwan when India finished overall champions with 11 medals, seven of them gold.The Indian juggernaut has been unstoppable so far and national coach CA Kuttappa said rediscovering the aggressive streak has been vital to the success.”It’s good to be cautious when you are faced with a tough opponent but overall it is better if you make a statement from the word go. That’s what we have succeeded in doing consistently here,” he said.This was acknowledged by Nieva as well but he also asserted that strategy always depends on the rival.”We have tried to enforce ourselves from word go but of course, that can change if we are faced with a tricky opponent. In that situation it is better to take stock and counter-attack,” he explained.In Thursday’s afternoon session, national champion Deepak will take Kazakhstan’s Temirtas Zhussupov, Kavinder will square off Mongolian Enkh-Amar Khakhuu and Ashish Kumar (75kg) will fight Iran’s Seyedshahin Mousavi.Among the women, last edition’s silver-medallist Manisha, Sarita and Pooja will be in action against Taiwan’s Huang Hsiao-Wen, China’s Yang Wenlu and Kazakhstan’s Fariza Sholtay respectively.The evening line-up has Shiva, assured of an unprecedented fourth successive medal, taking Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin, a 2015 silver-winner.Last edition’s bronze-medallist and Asian Games champion Amit and Ashish will clash with China’s Hu Jianguan and Uzbekistan’s Bobo-Usmon Baturov respectively. Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish has Kazakh Kamshybek Kunkabayev waiting for him.Among the women, former junior world champion Nikhat will face Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam, world silver-medallist Sonia will take on Thaliand’s Nilwan Techasuep and national champion Simranjit will square off against Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva.Also Read | Gomathi gifts India its first gold at Asian Athletics C’shipsAlso Read | Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Annu Rani, Parul Choudhary open India’s medal accountFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Asian Boxing ChampionshipsFollow Boxinglast_img read more