Bombay Bullets Recover Ground After Conceding Point to Teenager Ambershori Devi

New Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) National junior champion Ambeshori Devi made a winning debut for NE Rhinos in the Big Bout Indian Boxing League with a come-from-behind victory over Priya Kushwaha of Bombay Bullets in the youth women's 57kg contest here on Saturday.

After the 16-year-old Manipuri, who learnt her ropes at the Sarita Devi Boxing Academy, overcame a sluggish start to turn the bout on its head with her calm approach for the NE Rhinos, Bombay Bullets' Cuban-born Spanish star Emmanuel Reyas gave Ergashev Timur no chance at all in the 91kg bout.

That left the tie pegged at 1-1 with some interesting bouts coming up.

The women's 51kg battle between the captains Nikhat Zareen (NE Rhinos) and Olympic bronze medallist Ingrit Lorena Valencia and the 69kg bout between Mandeep Jangra (NE Rhinos) and Naveen Bora (Bullets), who have both won each of their three bouts thus far, can both be mouth-watering contests.

At the start of their tie on Saturday, the teams were tied for the fourth place with 11 points and were looking to secure the most points to be able to get into the final set of matches next week.

Bombay Bullets skipper Ingrit Lorena Valencia won the toss and had no hesitation in blocking the women's 60kg bout. Their Spanish import Melissa Neomi Gonzalez had lost all three bouts so far and would have been up against the recently-crowned 64kg national champion Pwilao Basumatary.

The Bullets decided not to make any other changes to the line-up, unlike NE Rhinos who decided to rope in Govind Kumar Sahini (52kg) and Sehran Sandhu (57kg) in addition to Ambeshari Devi.

Interestingly, the Bullets have preferred the same line-up in each of their four matches while the NE Rhinos will have used a total of 16 boxers in their four ties.

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