Olympic Pooja (75kg), who competed in her first fight of the tournament after previously receiving a goodbye and a walkover, dismantled Mavluda Movlonova from Uzbekistan with a clinical performance.

Pooja Rani prevailed against Mavluda Movlonova from Uzbekistan and won her second gold in a row at the Asian Cup. BFI

Dubai: Defending champion Pooja Rani (75 kg) was the only Indian female boxer to win gold at the Asian Championships, while three others, including six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51 kg), won silver medals in Dubai on Sunday.

Olympic Pooja (75kg), who competed in her first fight of the tournament after receiving a bye and walkover earlier, Mavluda Movlonova from Uzbekistan dismantled with a clinical performance.

She also earned US $ 10,000 -Dollars for her great one-bout show in which Movlonova was simply unable to keep up with the intensity of the Indian.

Six-time world champion Mary Kom (51 kg) and tournament debutants Lalbuatsaihi (64 kg ) and Anupama (81 kg) finished in second place.

All three lost hard-fought fights and together with the silver medals won $ 5,000 in prize money.

The Olympic Mary Kom finished in a 2: 3 judgment against Nazym Kyzaibay Kazakhstan under.

It was the Manipuri superstar’s seventh medal in the tournament, the first being a gold that came back in the 2003 edition. Her tournament record is now five gold and two silver medals.

Lalbuatsaihi also lost 2-3, but after giving her Kazakh rival Milana Safronova a fight to remember.

Lalbuatsaihi came as later replacement for the experienced Pwilao Basumatary, whose passport had expired, in the Indian team. The Mizo boxer exhausted her rivals with her counterattacks, but lost momentum in the last round and finished second best.

Anupama was the last to win the ring against former world champion Lazzat Kungeibayeva from Kazakhstan.

She managed to hold her own in a fight that was marked by excessive holding and clinching, but it was Kungeibayeva who better bonded for a 3-2 win.

Previously, 38-year-old Mary Kom faced an 11 year younger opponent made an impressive start and comfortably won the opening round by relying on her sharp counterattacks.

The pace picked up in the second round and both boxers showed aggressive intentions. At this point the Kazakh pulled with her perfectly landing kicks level.

Mary Kom struggled for the last three minutes, but that wasn’t enough to make the judges nod.

Kyzaibay is two times World champion and six-time national champion. All gold winners received prize money of US $ 10,000 each.

On Monday, Amit Panghal (52 kg), Shiva Thapa (64 kg) and Sanjeet (91 kg) will fight in the men’s final.

Panghal meets the reigning Olympic and world champion Shakhobidin Zoirov from Uzbekistan. It will be a repeat of the 2019 World Cup final, in which the Indian lost to be satisfied with silver.

Sanjeet will compete against the Kazakh legend Vassiliy Levit, who is hunting for his fourth gold at the continental showpiece.

Eight other Indians – the Olympic trio Simranjit Kaur (60 kg), Vikas Krishan (69 kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) as well as Jaismine (57 kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (64 kg), Monika (48 kg), Saweety (81 kg) and Varinder Singh (60 kg) – won bronze medals after losing semi-finals.

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Vikas celebrated a hard-fought 4-1 triumph over Iranian Muslim Maghsoudi Mal Amir as India surpassed its best-ever medal win of 13 in the 2019 edition.

India had their best ever Asian Cup performance in the 2019 edition in Thailand, winning 13 medals, including two gold, four silver and seven bronze medals.

The tournament starts on Monday with the draws for Sunday. It’s the only major competition boxers will get ahead of the July-August Olympics as COVID-19 restrictions are in place worldwide.

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