National champion Akash Sangwan defeated World and Asian medalist Shiva Thapa in a semi-final bout to reach the final in the 67kg category at the National Games boxing arena on Tuesday.
Akash, who registered a 3-2 win, will take on Sagar Haryana on Wednesday.
The taller Services boxer came out with no pressure from the southpaw and mixed his combinations and body shots well against Shiva, who gave his all in the third round but narrowly lost.
Nikhil Dubey, devastated by the news of his coach’s death in a road accident, stunned Thailand champion Sumit Kundu 4-1 to reach the 75kg final.
Relying on her sharp hands, young Poonam defeated World Cup bronze medalist Jamuna Boro 4-1 in a tight contest in the 57 kg category.
Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain and World Cup winner Soiti Boora in 75 kg, Olympian Simranjit Kaur and Commonwealth Games medalist Jasmine Lamboria in 66 kg and two-time Commonwealth Games medalist Muhammad Hussamuddin and World Youth Champion Sachin Sivach in 75 kg competed.
Important results (semi-final):
Men: 51 kg: Ankit Sharma (Donkey) bt Sparsh Kumar (Pun) 5-0; 57 kg: Muhammad Husamuddin (SSB) bt Lallavmawma (Miz) 5-0, Sachin Sivach Jr (Har) and Asif Ali (Guj) 5-0; 60 kg: Etash Muhammad Khan (SSKB) and Pawan Gurung (UTK) 5-0; 67 kg: Sagar (Har) b Chander Mohan (NR) 3-2, Akash Sangwan (SSB) and Shiva Thapa (Asm) 3-2; 75 kg: Nikhil Dubey (Mah) bt Sumit Kundu (SSCB) 4-1; 80kg: Sachin Kumar (SSCB) and Sumit Poonia (Raj) 5-0; 92kg: Naveen Kumar (Har) – Kanwarpreet Singh (Pun) 4-1, Sanjeet (SSCB) – Neeraj Kumar (Raj) RSC-R1; +92 kg: Narender (SSCB) and Reynold Joseph (Mach) 5-0.
Women: 52 kg: Meenakshi (Khar) bt Rashi Sharma (UP) 5-0, Shobhja Kohli (UTK) and Anjali Sharma (MP) 4-1; 57 kg: Poonam (Donkey) – Jamuna Boro (Asm) 4-1, Mandeep Kaur (Pun) – Savita (Chd) 5-0; 60 kg: Jasmin Lamboria (Male) – Pravish Kontujam (Male) 5-0, Simranjit Kaur (Pun) – Pvilao Basumatari (Ash) 5-0; 66 kg: Ankushita Boro (Asm) Lalitha (Raj) 5-0, Alena Tuunaojam (Male) and Komalpreet Kaur (Pun) 3-2; 75 kg: Lovlina Borgohain (Asm) b Ruchita Rajput (Guj) 5:0, Savithi Boora (Donkey) and Shretima Thakur (HP) 5:0.