Sonia Lather

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Sonia Lather
Personal information
NationalityIndian
Born (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 29)
Jind, Haryana, India
Sport
SportBoxing
Weight classFeatherweight (57 Kg)
Medal record

Sonia Lather (born 10 February 1992) is an Indian amateur boxer. She was a silver medallist at the 2016 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, and a twice silver medallist at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships.

Early life and career[edit]

Lather was born on 10 February 1992 in Jind, Haryana, to Prem Singh and Nirmal Devi.[1][2] According to lather, after initially trying kabaddi and wrestling, she started playing boxing when she was 18 years old.[3] She is coached by Anoop Kumar.[1]

Lather won silver medal in the 54 kg division at the 2012 Asian Women's Amateur Boxing Championships after losing by 8–14 in the final to China's Liu Kejia.[4] Later in the year, she competed at the 2012 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, where she made first-round exit after losing by 9–18 against Elena Walendzik [de] of Germany.[5]

At the 2016 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, Lather entered the quarter-finals after defeating Nomin Deutsch of Germany by 3–0 in the 57 kg division.[6] She then registered wins over Aneta Rygielska of Poland and Kazakhstan's Aizhan Khojabekova by a scoreline of 3–0 in the quarterfinal and the semifinal respectively.[7] In the final, she had the upper hand in the first round against the top-seed Alessia Mesiano of Italy, but the Italian boxer made comeback in the next three rounds, winning the bout by 2–1.[8]

Lather entered the quarter-finals of the 2017 Asian Women's Amateur Boxing Championships after defeating Kurogi Kana of Japan with an attacking play.[9] Her next bout against Nazym Ichshanova of Kazakhstan was closely contested, which she won after a split decision.[10] After a unanimous decision victory over Uzbekistan's Yodgoroy Mirzaeva in the semi-final,[11] lather lost the title bout against China’s Yin Junhua in a split decision.[12]

Lather represented Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) at the 2018 Senior National Boxing Championships in the featherweight division (54–57 kg). She won the championships after defeating Shashi Chopra of Haryana in the final by 5–0.[13] After receiving byes in the early rounds of the 2018 Asian Games,[14] Lather lost to North Korea's Jo Son-hwa by 0–5 in the quarter-final of the featherweight division. The bout was slow-paced and each boxer was warned once for clinching.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "IBF Registered Boxer's Details". Indian Boxing Federation. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  2. ^ Nath, Joshua Arpit (27 May 2016). "Sonia Lather Wins Silver Medal In World Boxing Championships. Here's All You Need To Know About Her". Indiatimes. Times Internet. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ Basu, Hindol; Kumar, Vijender (12 August 2018). "Against all odds: Fighting 'inequality', Sonia aims for Asiad glory". The Times of India (TOI). TNN. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Mary Kom, L Sarita Devi win gold in Asian Boxing". NDTV. Press Trust of India (PTI). 25 March 2012. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Mary Kom makes winning start at World Championships". India Today. PTI. 13 May 2012. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Pooja Rani ousted, no Rio Olympics quota for India's women boxers". Hindustan Times. PTI. 22 May 2016. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Boxing: Sonia Lather reaches World Championships final". Sony ESPN. 26 May 2016. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Sonia Lather settles for silver after losing AIBA Women's World Championships final". The Indian Express. PTI. 29 May 2016. Archived from the original on 21 April 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Asian boxing: Sonia, Neeraj in quarters". The Hindu. PTI. 3 November 2017. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Asian boxing: Sarita and Sonia enter the last four". The Hindu. PTI. 5 November 2017. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Mary Kom, Sonia enter Asian Championships final". The Hindu. PTI. 7 November 2017. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Mary Kom strikes gold at Asian Women's Boxing Championships". The Hindu. PTI. 8 November 2017. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  13. ^ "National Women's Boxing Championships: Sarjubala, Sonia, Sarita claim gold, RSPB claim team title". TOI. PTI. 12 January 2018. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Asian Games Boxing: Six Indians get bye into pre-quarters, Sonia in QFs". TOI. PTI. 23 August 2018. Archived from the original on 23 August 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Asiad 2018: Boxers Sonia, Pavitra lose in quarters". Business Standard. Indo-Asian News Service (IANS). 28 August 2018. Archived from the original on 29 August 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.