Asian Boxing C’ship: Hussamuddin, Thapa Give India Winning Start
Dubai: Mohammad Hussamuddin and Shiva Thapa began the Indian campaign on a winning note at the 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships on the opening day in Dubai on Monday.
The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist made a cautious start against the Kazakhstan boxer Makhmud Sabyrkhan. However, with a swift movement and counter-attacking display, the Indian held an edge over his opponent and completed a 5-0 victory to progress into the quarter-finals at the Championship which is jointly hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation.
Hussamuddin will have a strong challenge in the last-8 match from the top-seed and reigning world champion Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov of Uzbekistan on Tuesday.
The 2013 Asian champion Thapa also made it into the quarter-finals after he pulled off a fine show and outpunched Kyrgyzstan’s Dmitrii Puchinn 5-0 in the 64 kg opening round bout. Shiva will face Nader Odah of Kuwait in the quarter-finals on Day 2.
Alongside Hussamuddin and Thapa, the World Championships bronze medallist Simranjit Kaur and three other Indian pugilists will also look to confirm medals for the country as they will fight in the quarter-finals on the second day on Tuesday.
Sakshi (54kg), Jasmine (57kg), and Sanjeet (91) are the other Indians who will be in action in the last-8 stage of their respective categories at the prestigious event.
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