Shiva Thapa, Ashish Kumar Enter Quarterfinals of Nationals Championship

New Indian Express

Top boxers Shiva Thapa (63Kg) and Ashish Kumar (75Kg) entered the quarter-finals with easy victories on the fourth day of the 4th Elite Men’s National Championships here on Monday.

Shiva, who failed to make the World Championships team earlier this year, won his bout with a convincing 5-0 margin over Hitesh Kumar of Daman and Diu. He controlled the proceedings right from the beginning.

Home favorite and Thailand Open gold medallist Ashish Kumar (75 kg) too had an easy 5-0 win over Rohan Khurpia of Madhya Pradesh.

Vinod took advantage of his height and reach to take the experienced boxer off guard though Neeraj did manage to make a comeback in the second round with a series of hooks and punches. In the welterweight category, Naveen Boora of Services sprang a surprise as he defeated last year’s runner up Dinesh Dagar 5-0 in a one-sided bout.

Dinesh, who won gold in the President’s Cup, just could not cope with the flurry of hard punches from the youngster. Naveen dominated in all the three rounds to get a unanimous decision and pocket a comfortable win.

Chandigarh’s Pankaj Chauhan (75kg) won his bout against Arunachal Pradesh’s Jomohtacho 5-0 in a dominant fashion and continued his winning streak.

Services boxers had a field day as Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Mohammad Hussamuddin (57kg) started on a slow note against Uttarakhand’s Pawan Gurung but eventually found his rhythm to win the bout 4-1.

In the middleweight category, Rohit Tokas from the Railways and Vanhlimpuia of Services had a close bout. Makran Cup Bronze medallist Rohit, who had moved up his weight from 64 kg to 75 kg, took time to adjust against his opponent’s strategy before winning the bout in a 4-1 split verdict.

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