Jamuna Boro and three others enter the final

World Boxing Championships bronze medalist Jamuna Boro put in another clinical performance and got the better of Kazakhstan’s Anel Sakysh to enter the Elorda Cup final in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Sunday.

Jamuna, from Assam, produced a clinical and commanding performance in her crushing victory over the local boxer by a unanimous margin in the 54kg semi-final. Her speed and footwork were perfect as she managed to dodge her opponent’s punches several times before breaking free to land a few near the end of the first round.

While the Indian dominated proceedings in the second round, Jamuna’s determination and composure under pressure earned her victory in a highly competitive final round.

Meanwhile, the other two boxers – Sakshi (54kg) and Sonia (57kg) finished their campaign with 0-5 and 2-3 defeats against Uzbeks Nigina Uktamova and Sitora Turdibekova respectively.

The challenge in the men’s section also ended in the semi-finals since the 4 pugilists who played today lost unanimously. While Kuldeep (48 kg) and Jugnoo (92 kg) lost to Kazakh boxers Asilbek Jalilov and Aibek Oralbey respectively, Anant lost to Chinese Fang Bo.

Sachin (57kg) showed great courage and fought against 2021 World Championship silver medalist Serik Temirzhanov of Kazakhstan but ultimately lost the fight.

Late Saturday night, junior world champions Gitika (48kg) and Alfiya (81+KG) stormed into the final. Gitika won her fight against Marjona Savrieva of Uzbekistan 4-1 while Alfiya showed her dominance against Valeria Axenova of Kazakhstan as the referee had to stop the fight in the second round.

The inaugural edition of the Elorda Cup witnessed the presence of top players from powerful boxing countries such as India, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Cuba, China and Mongolia.

Four Indian boxers – Kalaivani Srinivasan (48kg), Gitika (48kg), Jamuna (54kg) and Alfiya (81+kg) will play the final on Monday.

Champion boxers will receive $700 while silver and bronze medalists will win $400 and $200 respectively.