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Four Indian women boxers enter semis of Russian tourney

India Open gold-medallist Neeraj and former world youth bronze-medallist Jony were the other two to make the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Lovlina defeated Russia’s Anastasiya Sigaeva 5-0 to be assured of a medal. She will next take on Belarus’ Alina Veber for a place in the final. Pooja registered a 4-1 victory over Russia’s Laura Mamedkulova. 

Neeraj also secured a 4-1 win over Russian Sayana Sagataeva while Jony clinched a 5-0 win over Belarus’ Anastasiya Obushenkova.

Among the men, Ashish Insha beat Azerbaijan’s Salman Alizade 4-1 to enter the quarter-finals. He joined 2018 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Gaurav Solanki, GeeBee Boxing silver-medallist Govind Sahani and 2018 India Open gold-medallist Sanjeet in the last-eight stage.

Six Indian men and five women were in the fray at the 21st edition of this tournament that features over 200 boxers from 21 countries.

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