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Felt a bit nervous in comeback bout: Sarita Devi

The one-year ban could not waver her focus but Asian Games bronze-medallist boxer L Sarita Devi on Friday conceded that she did feel a moment of self-doubt while stepping into the ring for her comeback bout during the just-concluded training-cum-competition trip to China.

Sarita (60kg), was banned for a year due to her emotional outburst at the Asian Games medal ceremony after losing a controversial semifinal bout. The Manipuri fought three bouts and won two of them during the competition which featured rivals from hosts China, Korea, Mongolia and Thailand. “I have been competing for so many years but this was my first competition after the ban. So, when I went to the ring for my first fight against Mongolia’s Sowoderden, I cannot deny that I was nervous. Somewhere in my heart, I did feel that could I do it like earlier? There was self-doubt but then it took me just a few seconds into the fight to get over it,” Sarita said.
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