Seven Asians clinch titles in Youth World joust

Seven young Asian stars emerged as champions after the first part of the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships 2022 finals on November 25 at the Ciudad Deportivo Camilo Cano in La Nucia, Spain.

Reigning ASBC titlists Vishvanath Suresh and Vanshaj as well as rising standout Devika Satyajit Ghorpade already secured three gold medals for defending overall champ India.

Suresh subdued Ronel Suyom of the Philippines, 4-1, in men’s minimumweight (48kg); Vanshaj crushed Georgia’s European champ Demur Kajaia, 5-0, in men’s light welterweight (63.5kg); and Ghorpade pulled off a third-round RSC victory over England’s Lauren Mackie in women’s flyweight (52kg).

Uzbekistan captured two golds after reigning Asian champion Bakhtiyor Asadov trounced Mexico’s Gael Ezequiel Cabrera, 5-0, in men’s lightweight (60kg) and Asian junior winner Gulsevar Ganiyeva decimated India’s Bhawna Sharma, 5-0, in women’s minimumweight (48kg).

Kazakhstan’s Elina Bazarova kept the women’s bantamweight (54kg) gold won by compatriot Viktoriya Baidukova last year as she clobbered Germany’s Chrisovalantou Koutsochristou, 5-0.

Japan’s lone finalist Yuta Sakai became the country’s third youth world champion following his 3-2 split decision win against India’s Ashish in the men’s bantamweight (54kg) division.

The 12 remaining gold medal bouts were scheduled on November 26.

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