Loads of aggression some knockout performances and plenty of winning moves was the recipe of day three as quarter-final action unfolded at the 45th Junior Men National Boxing Championship in Punjab on Monday (14 May 2012). As the five day event draws closer to its end the rings of the Indoor Sports Complex at Punjabi University, Patiala promise to offer high octane pugilism.
In the light fly weight division, Andhra boxers K Sagar broke in early, into the defence of Kuldeep Bholane of Maharashtra; with his electric combinations he took a quick 7:2 lead in the opening round. In the second, Kuldeep tried to make a comeback but Sagar, a silver medallist at the Youth National Championships last year, was solid with his defence and did not allow the Maharashtra lad to get back in the game (5:5). In the third he continued to pile the punches and went on to make place in the semi-finals with an 18:9 victory on points. Vaishnav DH of Kerela beat Amit Kumar of Bihar by virtue of a knock out. Vaishnav was leading 5:1 in the first round when he pulled the rug from under Kumar’s feet with a hard right. It was a comprehensive win by the Kerela boxer, who now takes on Sagar in the penultimate round of the championship. PL Prasad continued to ride his purple as he advanced to the round of four. But this time the two time junior national champion was made to work hard for his victory by Amit Panghal of Haryana. Prasad adopted a more cautious approach against Panghal. He stuck to his strategy throughout the bout and managed to grab a crucial one point lead in the first and the third round. He won on points 9:7.
In the fly weight class, A. Silambarasan of Tamil Nadu had little trouble getting rid of Bound Benjamin of Jharkhand. The 2011 silver medallist at the Junior Nationals, led from the start to finish, never allowing Benjamin to settle down ? finally winning on points 15:7. Silambarasan will now take on Harish Kumar of Orissa, who got past Satish Kumar of Andhra in a completely one sided contest (17:9).
Orissa boxer, Sunil claimed the biggest scalps of his career defeating the reigning Junior National Champion in the light weight division Sukhdev from Madhya Pradesh, in what was a riveting contest. There was not much separating the two boxers, throughout the six minutes of play. The only difference was a vital one point lead the Orissa lad managed to gain in the first round, in the next two rounds the scores were identical (4:4, 6:6). Sunil held on to the slim lead all though the bout and emerged victorious on points 13:12. He now takes on Neeraj from Chandhigarh, who faced little resistance from Deepak of Haryana en route to the semis.?
In the middle weight class, reigning junior national champion Sandeep Sharma was at his menacing best as he trounced Rakes Singh of Manipur with consummate ease. He was leading 6 nil in the opening, when the referee decided it was not a fair contest and handed the victory to Sharma. In the semi-final round he will lock horns with Delhi Junior State Champion Sanjeev Tokas. Tokas too had an easy day at office in his quarter-final bout against Rahul Kumar of Bihar. The 16 year old made a mockery of his opponent on his way to a 21:11 triumph on points.
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