Sarjubala and Saweety created history of sorts for India by reaching the final of the 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, as Kavita lost at the quarterfinal stage missing the chance to earn her third consecutive medal (Bronze). This is only the third time in 8 editions that more than one Indian women boxer has reached the final. In 2006 at Delhi, maximum 5 Indian boxers reached the final, while in 2010 two boxers reached the final. Mary Kom (2001 in 48 Kg) and Usha Nagisetty (2006 and 2010 in 57 Kg) are the only two Indian women boxers to have won the silver medals. Besides 5 consecutive Gold medals of Mary Kom from 2002 to 2010, India has earned 3 more Gold medals in 2006 when they hosted the World Championships in 2006. Sarjubala and Saweety will play for Gold medal on Nov 24 at 07.30 p.m. Indian Time.
Sarjubala Devi reached the final of Light flyweight (45–48 kg). She defeated Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand 2-0 in the semifinal to set up the final clash with Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan.
Saweety Boora defeated Anastasiia Chernokolenko of Ukraine 3-0 in the semifinal of Light heavyweight (81 kg) to set up the final clash with Yang Xiaoli of China, who has replaced her country’s defending Women’s World Champion Yuan Meiquing.
Route to final for Sarjubala Devi
- 1st Round: Def Graziele Jesus Sousa (Brazil) 3-0
2nd Round: Def Tumurkhuyag Bolortuul (Mongolia) 3-0
QF: Def Aldriani Suguro (Indonesia) 3-0
SF: Def Chuthamat Raksat 2-0
Route to final for Saweety
- 1st Round: Def Maxine Koelemeij (Netherlands) 2-0
QF: Def Anamarija Maršić (Croatia) 2-0
SF: Def Anastasiia Chernokolenko (Ukraine) 3-0
Sarjubala Shamjetsabam Devi is 21 year old women boxer from Manipur born on June 1, 1993. She has won the Gold medal in 2011 at AIBA World Youth Boxing Championships in Antalya, Turkey. She is considered the next Mary Kom of India.
Saweety Boora (Original Name Sweety Boora but registered as Saweety in AIBA) is the current national champion in her category. She is 21 years old and the current National Boxing Champion.