Shiva Thapa (64kg) and Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg) gave India the proper begin on the Asian Boxing Championships, storming into the quarterfinals with spectacular victories in Dubai on Monday. Commonwealth Games bronze-winner Hussamuddin (56kg) defeated Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabyrkhan in his opening bout. Later, Thapa, who’s chasing a fifth successive medal on the occasion, bought the higher of Kyrgyzstan’s Dmitri Puchinn. Both the boxers gained 5-0.
Hussamuddin has an actual powerful one subsequent up as he will probably be taking over reigning world and Asian Games champion Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov of Uzbekistan. Mirzahalilov is the highest seed within the draw and is the defending champion as properly.
Thapa, alternatively, will sq. off towards Kuwait’s Nader Odah, who bought a primary spherical bye.
The score-line may recommend in any other case, however Hussamuddin was locked in a gruelling battle with the 19-year-old Asian youth champion. The trade of blows was fierce as the 2 boxers put up an entertaining present.
The Indian, nonetheless, proved to be a greater defender than the Kazakh, who relied simply too closely on counter-attacks.
Thapa, alternatively, wasn’t examined an excessive amount of towards Puchinn, who took fairly some time to even land his first blow. The Kyrgyz boxer’s withdrawn strategy labored properly for the previous champion, who did not need to strive too onerous to interrupt by means of his defences.
Thapa dominated all three rounds within the contest and bought a unanimous verdict from the judges.
On Tuesday, Olympic-bound Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Sakshi (54kg), Jasmine (57kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) will battle their respective last-Eight stage bouts on the occasion which is being collectively hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and the UAE Boxing Federation.
The continental showpiece options 150 pugilists from 17 international locations this yr together with robust boxing nations comparable to Uzbekistan, Philippines and Kazakhstan.
India’s best-ever present on the Asian Championship was within the 2019 version in Bangkok the place the nation secured an unprecedented 13 medals together with two gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze.
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