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Tawheed Shaikh beats Dara Singh Handa 4-0 in Pro Panja mega match

Published at :May 8, 2024 at 4:30 PM
Modified at :May 8, 2024 at 4:30 PM
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Tawheed Shaikh and Dara Singh Handa have been feuding for months.

In the highly-anticipated match between Tawheed Shaikh and Dara Singh Handa, the dynamic arm wrestler from Aurangabad showcased his prowess and won the main match of the Pro Panja Mega Matches-4, held at the UFC Gym, Bandra, Mumbai on Tuesday.

In the first match of the day, which was the result of a challenge as both are different weight classes, Abrar Shaikh (85kg) won the bout in clean 3-0 sweep against Shivank Mishra (70kg). The match was followed by an exhilarating bout between Aryan Gangotri (100kg) against Harshit Poojary (100kg) which ended up being a cliffhanger with Harshit winning the first two rounds, Aryan the next two and Harshit finally prevailing in the 5th and final round taking the match 3-2.

In the highly-anticipated main event match of the day, the fans eagerly waited for then bout between Tawheed Shaikh (90kg) and Dara Singh Handa (100kg), who have been going at each other for the past few months and almost came to blows at the Maharashtra State Championship. Tawheed, who captains Ludhiana Lions franchise in the Pro Panja League reigned supreme over Dara Singh Handa, who represents the Rohtak Rowdies franchise in the Pro Panja League, by winning the bout in convincing fashion 4-0. 

Speaking after his win, Tawheed Shaikh expressed excitement and said, “Going into the match, I was quite clear in my mind as to what will be my strategy and how I can beat him. I have been training rigorously for the past 2-3 months. I have been focusing on my pulling, that is one area where I felt I can have an upper hand over Dara and pin him down.”

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The match was watched live by Neville Bastawalla, SVP& Head, Marketing On Air Promotions Sony Sports, Mayank Dayal, Head of Marketing Sony Sports, Istayak Ansari, Managing Director and Founder UFC Gym India and Ajay Marwah, partner UFC Gym Bandra apart from Pro Panja League Co-Founder Parvin Dabas and People’s ArmWrestling Federation President Preeti Jhangiani. 

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Talking about the high-intensity match between Tawheed Shaikh and Dara Singh Handa, Pro Panja League Co-Founder Mr. Parvin Dabas said, “These two armwrestlers have been going at each other for a long time now with highly acrimonious matches between them in February and April. Tawheed Shaikh’s win wasn’t just merely a display of physical prowess, but a testament to his mental fortitude, discipline, and determination. The fans absolutely loved the intensity which these two armwrestlers put on display which shows the heightened stakes in the Pro Panja world. I wish both of them best of luck for the second season of the Pro Panja League and hope that this sport of armwrestling inspires the next generation. We have conceptualised these satellite Pro Panja events around our marque Pro Panja League to allow the armwrestling fans to watch top notch content throughout the year with demand for panja matches soaring through the roof. ” 

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