Mohammad Hussamuddin on the other hand bowed out after a loss to Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov .

Shiva Thapa put up a scintillating performance to outpunch Nader Odah in the men’s 64kg quarter-finals at the 2021 Asian Boxing Championships.

With a comprehensive 5-0 victory against Kuwait’s Odah, the Assam boxer progressed into the semi-finals. Thus, he also confirmed his fifth back-to-back medal at the Asian Championships. Previously, Thapa has won one gold (2013), one silver (2017) and two bronze (2015 and 2019) at the Championships.

Showing a fine display of attacking boxing Thapa dominated Odah throughout the bout and hardly gave him any opportunity to score a point. The Indian will have tough task in the last-4 round as he will take on top-seeded Bakhodur Usmonov of Tajikistan

Hussamuddin suffers loss

India’s Mohammad Hussamuddin lost against Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov in the men’s 56kg quarter-finals at the 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai.

The defending champion Mirzahalilov started the contest with an aggressive intent and saw landing fierce punches. Hussamuddin however tried to gain momentum with a good defence and counter-attacking punches. But the experienced Uzbek boxer did not allow Indian any chance of comeback. Thereafter , the match ended in a 4-1 victory loss for the Indian in a close-fought game.

Later tonight, four more Indians will be in action in the quarter-finals. Simranjit Kaur , Sakshi , Jasmine and Sanjeet will look to assure medals for the country in their respective categories.

Panghal, Krishan begin campaigns on Day Three

The third day of the Asian Boxing Championships will see Olympics-bound boxers Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishan and Ashish Kumar start their campaign.

Defending champion Panghal will face a strong challenge from Kharkhuu Enkhmandakh in the 52 kg bout. When the duo last met at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers last year, the Mongolian put up a tough fight before the Indian clinched victory. The Asian Games champion Vikas Krishan will square off against Iran’s Moslem Malamir in 69kg.  

Ashish Kumar, who clinched silver medal in the last edition and Narender will be up against powerful opponents from Kazakhstan. While Ashish will play Asian Games silver medallist Abilkhan Amankul. On the other hand, Narender is set take on the two-time world championships silver medallist Kamshybek Kunkabayev.

Current national champion Varinder Singh will also be looking to confirm a medal for the country. He will take on Jere Cruz of Philippines in lightweight last eight bout of the Asian Boxing Championships.

In the 81kg Asian Boxing Championships opening round bout played late in the night on Monday, Sumit Sangwan suffered a 5-0 defeat against Iranian boxer Meysam Gheshlaghi.

The on-going Championships has been witnessing the presence of 150 boxers from 17 countries including strong boxing nations such as India, Uzbekistan, Philippines and Kazakhstan.

More to follow…

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