Reigning Asian champion Pooja Rani entered the quarter-finals of the women’s national boxing championships 2021 held in Hisar, Haryana on Sunday.
Pooja Rani, a Tokyo Olympian, beat Kerala’s Parvathi P in the 81kg category bout after the referee stopped the contest (RSC) in round 1. Pooja, who represents Haryana, won her opening fight 5-0 on Friday.
Earlier in the day at the St Joseph’s International School, world youth champions Nitu of Haryana and Ankushita Boro of Assam too progressed to the quarter-finals in the 48kg and 66kg categories, respectively.
Nitu defeated Purabi Karmakar of West Bengal 5-0 while Ankushita defeated Punjab’s Amandeep Kaur via RSC.
Manju Rani, a world championships medallist, also advanced to the quarters after she beat Uttarakhand's Sobha Kahali by unanimous decision.
In the 66kg, Asian championships silver medallist from earlier this year, Lalbuatsaihi overcame Haryana's Jyoti Rani 5-0.
The seven-day tournament has 12 weight divisions -- 48kg, 50kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 63kg, 66kg, 70kg, 75kg, 81kg and +81kg. A total of 56 bouts were contested on the fourth day of the competition, which ends on Wednesday.
Tokyo Olympian Simranjit Kaur, who won her opening bout on Saturday, and Nikhat Zareen are among the other notable names taking part in the championship.
The gold and silver medallists from the tournament will earn a place in the national coaching camp.
The remaining two names for the camp in each category will be selected on the basis of performances in the selection trials, which will take place right after the nationals.