Punjab's Ekta Saroj prevailed over Goa's Tanisha Chawan 5:0 to proceed into the next round of Junior National Boxing Championships at the University Hall. In the second round of 48 kg bout, Saroj served a sound warning to fellow pugilists in her weight category. As a result, she pounded a flurry of punches on the hapless Goan boxer.
Ekta commenced with a few lefts to open her opponent's guard and traded the blows to make a solid impression on the judges. Tanisha failed to get going in the next two rounds as well and just about managed to backtrack when the aggressive Punjab rival was punching her from close.
But Tannu from Haryana proved a notch better in her 52 kg bout against Nikitha Devi Baddani of Andhra Pradesh, whom the former sent packing. After withstanding the first round, the Andhra girl was at the receiving end right from the bell of the second as Tannu went hard at her, landing a few straights as well effective rights. The staggering Andhra girl was gasping for breath as the Haryana international piled on her agony before the referee stopped the contest.
In another clash, Haryana's Vinka required only two rounds to send her Maharashtra rival, Sayali Hire, out of the ring. Vinka was in a punishing mood as Sayali would agree right from the word go. It stretched to an extend that the referee had to intervene in the second round to halt the contest in the ring. This, in turn, gave the RSC-2 verdict in the Haryana girl's favour.
In other bouts, the results were more or less in favour of the fancied boxers who have made further claims of entering the knockouts.
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