2022 Thailand Open: Monika stuns two-time World Championships medallist, storms into semis

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Indian boxer Monika handed a shock defeat to the two-time world championships medallist Josie Gabuco of Philippines to enter the ladies’s 48kg semifinals on the 2022 Thailand Open Worldwide Boxing event in Phuket on Monday.

The 26-year-old boxer Monika, who hails from Rohtak, Haryana, pulled off a powerful 4-1 victory over skilled campaigner Gubuco, who gained gold and bronze medal on the World Championships in 2012 and 2008 respectively.

Monika will now face Vietnam’s Tran Thi Diem Kieu, who obtained bye within the final spherical, within the semifinal.   

Ashish Kumar and Manisha have been the opposite two Indian pugilists who additionally made their means into the semifinals with contrasting wins towards their respective Thai opponents.

Whereas returning to the ring for the primary time after 2020 Tokyo Olympics marketing campaign, Ashish dominated Aphisit Khankhokkhruea throughout his comfy win by unanimous resolution males’s 81kg quarterfinal, Manisha, who just lately certified for the upcoming World Championships in addition to Asian Video games, registered a hard-fought 3-2 win over the two-time youth Asian champion Porntip Buapa.

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In the meantime, Renu (54kg) and Monika (63kg) ended their campaigns following defeats within the quarterfinals. Renu went down preventing 2-3 in a detailed contest towards the U-22 European champion Italy’s Sirine Charaabi. Then again, Monika conceded a defeat by RSC verdict towards native favorite Panpatchara Somnuek within the ladies’s mild welter contest. 

On the third day of the competitors on Tuesday, Sumit and Gaurav Chauhan will play their quarterfinals towards respective opponents from Kazakhstan. Sumit (75kg), who obtained bye within the final opening spherical, will tackle Timur Nurseitov whereas Gaurav (91kg) will battle towards 2018 Youth Olympics champion Aibek Oralbay.   

The continued event has been witnessing high-voltage competitors in presence of 130 prime boxers, together with 74 male and 56 females, from Asia, Europe, Oceania and Africa. Gold medal winners will earn USD 2000 whereas silver and bronze medallists will fetch USD 1000 and USD 500 respectively. The event will even see further prize cash for the most effective boxer of the event and the most effective workforce of the competitors.

Within the final version of the Thailand Open, held in 2019, the Indian contingent signed off with eight medals—one gold, 4 silver and three bronze.

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