The 16-year-old promising pugilist added another gold medal to her cabinet when she outclassed Yashyashvi of Punjab with a RSC (referee stops the contest) result in just two rounds in the final of the 3rd Junior National Boxing Championship at the National Boxing Academy (NBA).
After such a brilliant result in front of Jay Kowli, president, Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) and Gopal Devang, chairman, national junior selection committee, Alfiya has made it to the 13-member Indian team for the forthcoming Asian Boxing Championship to be played in the Middle East.
Maharashtra’s Sharvari Kalyankar (70-kg) of Mumbai is the other girl from the state to secure a place in the team, which comprises 8 girls from Haryana.
Alfiya, who won a bronze medal in the 3rd Nations Cup held in Serbia last month, feels the decision to practice at Akola Krida Probodini under renowned coach Satish Bhatt has helped her a lot in preparing for the nationals.
“The boxing rings in Akola give match-like feel even in practice. It made a huge positive impact on my match preparations,” said Alfiya after she pocketed the gold medal.
“The specialty of Bhatt was that he made me practice with boys for four hours a day. And, he corrected and guided me while I was boxing with them.
“His real-time coaching in a proper boxing ring is going to help me in a longer run” added Alfiya, who was lucky to have her childhood coach Ganesh Purohit alongside the ring as he was there as the chief coach of Maharashtra team.
Alfiya has travelled abroad for bilateral events on four occasions. She has played in three countries – Kazakhstan, Germany and twice in Serbia. She is one of the most experienced boxers in the Asian Championship team. And, she hopes to win her first gold medal at international tournament in Middle East.
The gold medal in Rohtak was Alfiya’s eighth yellow medal between 2016 and 2018. Before flying to Serbia, she pocketed her seventh gold when she claimed the top spot in 16th Junior Girls Maharashtra State Boxing Championship held in Uran, Raigad in August.
In the inaugural Khelo India, Alfiya scripted history for Nagpur division by claiming the gold medal with impressive victory. Apart from this, she has won three gold including Friday’s goal medal, two silver and a bronze medals in national tournaments.