Nikhat Zareen (54kg) and Simranjit Kaur (60kg) have reached the semifinals of the AIBA World youth women’s boxing championship in Albena, Bulgaria.

In the quarterfinals, Nikhat, a junior world champion in 2011, defeated Desire Galli of Italy by unanimous decision. Nikhat will meet Victoria Virt of Ukraine in the semifinals.

Simranjit got the better of Justine Moerl from Germany in a one-sided bout.

She will meet Kazakh boxer Aidana Arapbayeva in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, Lalenkawli, another world junior champion in 2011, lost to home challenger Venelina Valentinova Poptoleva in a 48kg quarterfinal bout. — Principal Correspondent

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