Simranjeet Kaur defeated Marianna Basanets 4-1 on Friday.© Twitter
World championship bronze-medallist Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) stormed into the finals of boxing’s Cologne World Cup in Germany, defeating Ukraine’s Marianna Basanets on Friday. The Asian silver-winner prevailed 4-1 to guarantee herself of a place in the summit bouts to be held on Saturday. Earlier, two-time world medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) set up a conflict against compatriot Manisha in the semifinals by beating Ukraine’s Snizhana Kholodkova 3-2.
Manisha got a bye into the last-four stage. Asian Games bronze-winner Satish Kumar (+91kg) kicked off his crusade with an impressive 5-0 win over Moldova’s Zavantin Alexel to make the last-four stage and be assured of a minimum of a bronze.
Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg) defeated Germany’s Umar Bajwa 5-0 to also enter the semifinals.
In two other 57kg bouts, Commonwealth Games champion Gaurav Solanki got the better of another native hope in Murat Yildirim, edging past 3-2, while Kavinder Singh Bisht defeated France’s Samuel Kistohurry.
On the other hand, Asian silver-winner Ashish Kumar (75kg) missing 1-3 to the Netherlands’ Max Van der Pas to bow out in the quarterfinal stage.
Asian Games champion and world silver-medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) made the finals on Thursday by winning his semifinal conflict.
The event features boxers from the host country, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine.
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