Shiva, Mary Kom enter semi-finals at Indian Open
New Delhi: M C Mary Kom (49kg) and Shiva Thapa (60kg) were among the prominent names assured of medals as host nation continued to dominate the ring in the $100,000 India Open boxing tournament for men and women in New Delhi.
Seeded 12th, five-time world and Asian champion Mary Kom had no trouble in overwhelming compatriot K Bina Devi. The 35-year-old prevailed 5-0 in a lopsided contest, her nimble footwork standing out. Also advancing but with a hard-fought win was L Sarita Devi (60kg) as home favourites enjoyed another stellar day and looked good to walk away with most of the medals.
In the evening session, former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (69 kg) struck some lusty left hooks en route a 5-0 win over compatriot Pawan Kumar to enter the semi-finals. World bronze-medallist Shiva, also a three-time Asian championships medal winner, was up against Uzbek Sherbek Rakhmatulloev. He started off on a cautious note and spent the first three minutes getting a measure of his rival.