Assam’s Shiva Thapa (63kg) has brought laurels to the state as he won the gold medal in the 4th Elite Men’s National Boxing Championship at Baddi on Thursday.
Thapa defeated Akash Sangwan with a 4-1 verdict in the final at the event that was held at the Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technology in Himachal Pradesh.
According to reports, Thapa defused the challenge of a hard-hitting Sangwan to win a national title after three years in a beautiful show of his tactical game.
Thapa, who is a two-time Olympian and a four-time Asian medallist gauged Sangwan’s game and explored openings in the first round.
Reports say that Thapa started slowly and took some time to gauge his opponent’s strategy, but once he settled in, he dominated the proceedings and controlled the bout.