The afternoon session of the fifth competition day was held at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland. Altogether 25 contests were in the schedule of the session and Nepal’s Susma Tamang became the hero of it. She became Nepal’s first-ever boxer who could win a contest in the history of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
Boxers in the women’s light flyweight (48kg), men’s light flyweight (49kg) and men’s bantamweight (56kg) competed in the session and all of the winners advanced to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Nepal secured its first success in the history
Nepal sent two women boxers to the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships after strong preparations in Kathmandu where their selection events have been held. Susma Tamang developed well in terms of speed and punching power in the recent year and she used this pandemic period to upgrade her skills.
Nepal’s youth talent met with Lithuania’s Dija Bajalyte who competed at the last edition of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The Nepali boxer was a hard target for the Lithuanian in the first round and Tamang took the lead on the scorecards. Nepal’s new light flyweight (48kg) sensation showed she was stronger than her Baltic rival and stepped on the gas in the second round.
The referee had to count the Lithuanian in that period which increased Tamang’s motivation to finish the bout before the final gong. Tamang landed powerful punches in the third round when the referee stopped their contest after the standing counts.
‘I am so happy that I could win my contest at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships here in Kielce. This event is my first international competition and I was so excited before the start of the bout. I could follow my tactic, thanks to my coaches and it is a fantastic feeling that I am in the quarter-finals. I am proud that I am Nepali,’ commented her success Nepal’s historical winner Susma Tamang.
India’s boxers shined in the smallest female and male categories in the session
India’s Gitika replaced one of their experienced boxers, Rajni in the national team in the women’s light flyweight (48kg). The Indian girl eliminated Russia’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion Diana Ermakova in the first preliminary round and continued her winning path against another medal contender, Kazakhstan’s Arailym Marat in Kielce. Her Kazakh opponent has already won an international elite tournament but Gitika found her weak points and eliminated the next top rival in Kielce.
Their men boxer in the smallest weight category, ASBC Asian Junior Champion Bishwamitra Chongtham also did a great job in the afternoon session of the fifth competition day. The 17-year-old Indian used his excellent footwork to avoid Iran’s Mahdi Parvizi Khosroshahi’s attacks and his counter-punches worked well in the first and second rounds. Chongtham had tough hooks in the third round and his impressive technical skills guaranteed his place in the quarter-finals of the men’s light flyweight (49kg).
Thailand’s Ritthiamon Saengsawang eliminated a strong Cuban boxer
Thailand’s Ritthiamon Saengsawang won his first national event in 2015 when he was only 12 and moved ahead in the age groups step by step with several impressive results. He claimed gold medals at their Youth National Games, School National Games and other events, therefore, he had the skills to surprise his Cuban opponent at the competitions.
The Thai light flyweight (49kg) boxer started well in the first round against Cuba’s Yislan Barrera and because of his impressive technical skills, he controlled the battle. Saengsawang, who achieved a bronze medal in their last Elite National Championships, continued his strong performance against the Cuban who lost control and the fighting distance in the second round. Barrera gave everything in the third round and tried to catch the quick Thai but Saengsawang stopped him with strict jabs. The Thai talent was better in all aspects of boxing and he became the first one who could eliminate a Cuban in Kielce.