Pune, 1 Nov 2018: Services domination continued as eight boxers entered the final while only seven Railway pugilists made the cut in the third Elite Men Boxing National Championships at the AIS ring here on Thursday.
Railways suffered an unexpected loss in the form of Naman Tanwar, the CWG bronze medal winner, in the heavyweight category.
Thus Services Sports Control Board boxers (SSCB) held an upper hand as Sanjeet accounted for Naman in the 91 kg class in a fantastic bout which the Services boxer won through a split verdict of 3:2.
The other Services boxers who made it to the finals are Deepak (46 kg), PL Prasad (53), Madan Lal (56), Manish Kaushik (60), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69), Manjeet Singh (75) and Satish Kumar (+91).
Earlier, Railways’ Sachin Siwach was packed off by PL Prasad, who is known to hunt down big guns. Prasad had upset Amit Panghal, the Jakarta Asian Games gold medal winner at the All India Services Championship, a year ago. Keeping his giant-killer reputation intact, Prasad defeated Sachin in the fly (52 kg) category, winning the semifinal 5:0.
Touted as the bout of the day, Prasad began with a couple of jabs and opened avenues to deliver his combination blows to Sachin, in the very first round. Sachin, surprisingly, was on the backfoot and came into his own to send some straights into Prasad. But the Services boxer not only kept his rival out of harm’s ways but managed to land a few lefts on Sachin.
In the third round, the two tired boxers mostly avoided each other even as Prasad sent in a couple of blows to Sachin which the judges seemed to have accounted for. In the end, it was a win-win situation for Prasad, who will be meeting Ananta Chopade of Maharashtra in the final tomorrow.
But other RSPB boxers who sailed into the finals included Gaurav Bidhuri (56), Ankush Dahiya (60), Dinesh (69), Prayag Chauhan (75), Manish Panwar (81) and Jasveer Singh (+91), winning their bouts on points.
Himanshu Sharma of Punjab stood out in the opening bout of the day, despite Pankaj Saini of All India Police managed to deal with him bravely in the light fly class (46 kg), which Himanshu won 4:1 But tomorrow, the Punjab boxer will have his task cut out as he would be taking on Deepak of Services, who won against Nagaland’s Govind Kumar Sahani 5:0.
Brijesh Yadav of Rajasthan knocked out Sanjay of Haryana in an interesting bout in the light heavyweight category. But credit must go to the Haryana boxer for putting up a good resistance until the third round.
There are at least five interesting finals on cards in which the Services and Railways boxers will clash with each other tomorrow.