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Strandja Memorial Boxing: Nikhat Zareen, Shiva Thapa Reach Quarter-Finals

Updated: 22 January 2020 21:11 IST

Strandja Memorial Boxing: Nikhat Zareen was declared the winner after local favourite Sevda Asenova forfeited during the opening round of the contest.

Strandja Memorial Boxing: Nikhat Zareen, Shiva Thapa Reach Quarter-Finals
Nikhat Zareen advanced after her opponent forfeited the tie during the opening round. © Twitter

Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63kg) and defending champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) on Wednesday sailed into the quarter-finals of the Strandja Memorial Boxing tournament with resounding victories in their second-round bouts in Sofia, Bulgaria. Also making the quarters was national medallist Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg) after a comprehensive 5-0 triumph over Ireland's Kieran Molloy. Zareen was declared the winner after local favourite Sevda Asenova forfeited during the opening round of the contest. Asenova was a former gold-medallist at the event, which is into its 71st edition this year.

Former world bronze-medallist Thapa defeated Poland's Pavel Polakovic 5-0 in his last 16 stage clash. He had received an opening round bye.

In other men's bouts, Commonwealth Games bronze-winner Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg) advanced after defeating France's Enzo Grau in a 1-4 verdict.

There was disappointment elsewhere as India endured six opening-round defeats on Tuesday evening.

Among the men, South Asian Games gold-medallist Ankit Khatana (75kg), Asian silver-medallist Deepak Kumar (52kg), Narender (+91kg), and Naveen Kumar (91kg) made early exits.

Nupur (75kg) and Lalita (69kg) were the ones to bow out in the women's draw.

Nupur was outpunched 0-5 by France's Davina Michel, while Lalita lost 1-4 to Poland's Karolina Koszewska.

Khatana was beaten 0-5 by the USA's Javier Martinez. Narender also lost by a similar margin to another American -- Richard Torrez Jr.

Deepak went down 1-4 to Spain's Gabriel Escobar. Naveen lost 0-5 to Italy's Abbes Mouhiidine.

More than 30 countries are taking part in the tournament, featuring over 250 boxers. 

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Highlights
  • Nikhat Zareen, Shiva Thapa and Duryodhan Singh advanced to quarters
  • Nikhat reached quarter-finals after her opponent forfeited the tie
  • Shiva Thapa defeated Poland's Pavel Polakovic 5-0 in last 16
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