Shiva Thapa, Sonia Lather Enter Strandja Memorial Semi-Finals, Nikhat Zareen Knocked Out

Former world medallists Shiva Thapa (63kg) and Sonia Lather (57kg) assured themselves of medals on the 71st Strandja Memorial Boxing Match by advancing to the semifinals in Sofia, Bulgaria on Thursday. Becoming a member of them was Commonwealth Video games bronze-medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg). He outpunched Eire’s Kurt Walker 5-Zero to make the medal rounds. He had claimed a silver within the 2017 version of the occasion. Former world silver-winner Lather (57kg) clinched a 3-2 conquer Eire’s Michaela Walsh in a hard-fought contest to enter the last-four stage.

Thapa, a bronze-winner from the 2015 world showpiece, received the higher of Eire’s George Bates in his quarterfinal conflict.

The four-time Asian medallist has clinched a Strandja medal for the primary time in his three appearances on the season-opening European occasion.

Nevertheless, defending champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) bowed out. The previous junior world champion was crushed 2-Three by American Christina Cruz.

Zareen had claimed a gold medal on the earlier version of the occasion, which is in its 71st version this 12 months and options opponents from over 30 international locations.