S. Kalaivani and Nikhat Zareen enter finals in Women’s National Boxing

Vastavam web: S. Kalaivani of Tamil Nadu and Nikhat Zareen of Telangana entered the finals in their respective weight categories at the women’s National Boxing Championship here Saturday. Railways’ Sonia Lather, too, entered the final beating Sandhyarani Devi of AIP 4-1 while Shashi Chopra of Haryana downed Manipur’s KH Shamim Banu 5-0 to clash in the 57kg class final tomorrow. This clash should be really interesting because one is a world champion medallist and the other a world youth championships medal winner.

Earlier, Haryana’s Pinki Jangra had little difficult in putting it across her Railways rival, Meenakshi, winning the semifinal bout 5-0 and looks the favourite for the title against Nikhat Zareen. The Haryana girl, with an open guard, invited the opponent to charge at her. And Kalavani did precisely that and landed quite few combination blows, hitting the target areas. For Nikhat, it became too easy as the Telangana boxer was far superior to her AIP opponent as she sent down a combination punches. Though she slowed down a bit in the second and third rounds, she had the measure of Vanlai Dauti which helped the former move into the final.