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IMPHAL, November 6: The decorated Laishram Sarita Devi (64kg) and world championships silver-medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) advanced to the semifinals and assured themselves of medals at the Asian women's Boxing Championships on Sunday.
Sarita, a former world champion eyeing her sixth medal at the Asian meet, defeated Maftunakhon Melieva of Uzbekistan, while Sonia edged past Kazakhstan's Nazym Ichshanova in the quarterfinals.
Sarita, who returned to the amateur fold after trying her luck in the professional circuit earlier this year, took full advantage of her opponent's reluctance to attack and connected some lusty right hooks to take the upper hand early in the bout.
Sonia, on the other hand, had to stave off a stiff challenge from Kazakhstan's Nazym Ichshanova in a split verdict to enter the last-four stage, assuring herself of her second medal at the event.
She is a former silver-medallist at the continental meet.
A very aggressive Sonia had Ichshanova on the back foot early on, the sheer ferocity of her punches standing out.
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