By H.JanGra April 7, 2022
Boxer Monika (48kg) upstaged two-time World Championship medallist Josie Gabuco of the Philippines to enter the semifinals along with two other Indians at the Thailand Open
Ashish Kumar (81kg) and Manisha (57kg) are the two other Indian pugilists who also made their way into the last four with contrasting wins against their respective Thai opponents.
The 26-year-old Monika, who hails from Rohtak, prevailed 4-1 over experienced campaigner Gubuco, who won gold and bronze medals at the World Championships in 2012 and 2008
She will now face Vietnam's Trinh Thi Diem Kieu, who received bye in the last round.
Competing in his first international tournament since the Tokyo Olympics, last edition's gold medallist Ashish notched a 5-0 win against local boxer Aphisit Khankhokkhruea in the 81kg quarterfinals.
The Indian will now clash win Indonesia's Maikhel Roberrd Muskita in the semifinals
It was a good day in the ring for Manisha, who recently qualified for the upcoming World Championships as well as Asian Games
as she defeated two-time Youth Asian champion Thailand's Porntip Buapa 3-2 in the 57kg quarterfinals.
However, Renu (54kg) and Monika (63kg) lost their opening round clashes.