ASBC Heroes – India’s Sanamacha Chanu Thokchom dominated the women’s middleweight in Ulaanbaatar

India’s fourth gold medal at the Ulaanbaatar 2019 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships was achieved by Sanamacha Chanu Thokchom at the women’s middleweight (75kg). Previously in the finals, Babyrojisana Naorem Chanu, Poonam and Vinka won India’s titles but Sanamacha Chanu Thokchom also joined to them and became ASBC Hero in 2019 following her performance in Mongolia.

Sanamacha Chanu Thokchom was born in Leikai, Manipur on 2 April in 2002 and began boxing in 2017. Sana, which is her nickname, trains with coach Ibomcha Singh at the Mary Kom Boxing Academy in Thoubal. Her boxing idol is six-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte as for many of the Indian girls. She likes the local Manipuri music, the dancing and the meat dishes but boxing is in her main focus.

She joined to the international stage on January 2018 and attended at the Nations Women’s Junior Cup in Sombor, Serbia. She claimed silver medal in her international debut and lost to only Poland’s EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Daria Parada in the final. She returned to another Serbian event and achieved silver medal once again on August 2018.

Sanamacha Chanu earned bronze medal at the 2019 Indian U17 National Championships where she lost to her star teammate, Arundhati Choudhary. Her opponent claimed the trophy of the Best Asian Women’s Junior Boxer in 2018. Sana won silver medal in the 2019 Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament where she has done a revenge to Poland’s Daria Parada in the semi-finals of the middleweight (75kg).

The 2019 edition of the Indian Women’s Youth National Championships was held also in the city of Rudrapur as the men’s part of the competition. Manipur’s lone gold medal was achieved by strong Sanamacha Chanu Thokchom who won by RSCs against three opponents before getting the title by unanimous decision against Haryana’s Raj Sahiba at the middleweight (75kg).

Sanamacha Chanu Thokchom arrived to the venue of the ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships as favourite of the middleweight (75kg). The 17-year-old Indian girl was in different level than her semi-final opponent, China’s Buridu and proved amazing skills of boxing. She was the favourite in the final against Uzbekistan’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships competitor Navbakhor Khamidova and she realized all of her goals in the competition claiming the gold medal in Ulaanbaatar.

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