Day three of the Asian Boxing Championship featured some of the most exciting matches of the tournament. Indian boxers continued their dominant run in the tournament which is being held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Nikhat Zareen (51 kg), the former world junior champion who had previously won gold at the Strandja Cup, was up against Cambodia’s Srey Pov Nao. The boxer from Telangana won her match by RSC (referee stops the contest) in the second round as her opponent was unable to match the force of her punches. With this win, she advanced to the quarter-final.
Ashish (69 kg) was up against Kyrgyzstan boxer Abdurakhman Abdurakhmanov. He won the match 4-1 in a split verdict and cemented his place in the quarters.
Four-time Asian Championship gold medallist, Sarita Devi was up against Korean opponent Gwon Sujin in the 60 kg category. The 37-year-old knocked her opponent out with mighty punches in the third round. She went to the quarter-final by obtaining RSC.
Shiva Thapa (60 kg), who has been in exceptional form, defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Seitbek Uulu 4-1. Thapa was unstoppable in the contest and his opponent had no answers for his punches.
The only disappointment of the night was Brijesh Yadav's defeat against Uzbekistani Dilshodbek Ruzmetov in the 81 kg category. The match was terminated in the second round after Yadav received a cut and based on the performance so far, Ruzmetov was declared the winner.
Later today, Sonia Chahal (57 kg), the 2018 World Championship silver medallist, will be up against North Korea’s Jo Son Hwa in a quarter-final fixture.
World Championship bronze medallist, Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) will be up against Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin in another quarter-final.
Asian Games gold medallist, Amit Panghal (52 kg), will be up against reigning Olympic Champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in a quarter-final clash. Panghal has been in good form off-late and would want to carry the momentum when he faces the Uzbekistani opponent.
Veteran boxer Seema Poonia (+81 kg), Makran Cup gold medallist Deepak (49 kg) and Kavinder Singh Bisht (56 kg) will also be in action.
On the previous day, seven Indian boxers had qualified for the next round. Borgohain (69 kg) registered a thrilling 5-0 win against Vietnamese opponent Tran Thi Linh to advance further.
Ashish Kumar (75 kg) earned a hard-fought victory against China’s Tanlatihan Tuohetaerbieke. It was a difficult and tiring match for Kumar as his opponent was equally matched. In the dying moments, Kumar outplayed his opponent and won the match 3-2 in a split verdict.
Thapa was up against Korea’s Kim Wonho. He won the bout 4-1 to advance further in the tournament. As he continues to compete for another medal, Thapa has previously won gold, bronze and silver in the 2013, 2015 and 2017 editions of the tournament.
Rohit Tokas (64 kg), who is also the winner of two King’s Cup medals, put up an excellent show of speed, agility and alertness in his bout as he comfortably won the match against Afghanistan’s Nooristani Mohammad Khaibar.
National champion Deepak (49 kg) won a one-sided bout against Sri Lanka’s Mutunaka Pedi Gedara. With the scoreline 5-0, Deepak seemed to be flawless.
Kavinder Singh Bisht (56 kg), who is the GeeBee boxing tournament gold medallist, posted a thumping win over Japan’s Subaru Murata. He punched out his opponent in a master class display of boxing and went on to register a 5-0 win.
In women’s category, debutant Nitu (48 kg) suffered a loss as Taipei's Meng-Chieh won 4-1. Nitu’s loss was the only match lost by an Indian boxer on the second day.
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