Shiv Thapa will win a medal at the Asian Championships for the historic sixth time
Husamuddin reaches semi-finals with Govind at Asian Boxing Championships
Olympic champ Lovlina Borgohain enters semi-finals
267 boxers from 27 top boxing countries are participating in the competition
New Delhi. boxer Shiv Thapa secured his belt for the historic 6th Asian Championship medal with a commanding win. Entered into the semi-finals of the ongoing ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan along with Mohammad Husamuddin and Govind Kumar Sawhney. Thapa (63.5kg) registered an impressive victory in the quarterfinals against Minsu Choi of South Korea. Thapa launched a swift attack against the rival boxer and left him no chance with his quick and powerful punches.
With this win, Thapa has now become the most successful male boxer in the Asian Championships, with 6 competition medals to his name. With this, two-time Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Mohammad Hussamuddin assured India of another medal by making it to the semi-finals of the championship on Sunday. Husamuddin (57kg) lost early against South Korea’s Heungseok Lee in the quarterfinals as rival boxing hit him with some precise punches in the first round.
Amidst fears of a turnaround, Hasamuddin made a comeback taking advantage of his experience. He dominated the next two rounds by adopting an aggressive approach and sealed another medal for India with a 5-0 win. Husamuddin will take on 2021 World Championships silver medalist Serik Temirza in the semi-finals on November 10.
Olympic medalist Lovlina confirmed the medal
In another quarter-final, Thailand Open gold medalist Anant Chopade (54kg) crashed out of the competition with a 0-4 loss to Kyrgyzstan’s Sedekmatov Senzhai. Ankushita Boro (56kg) and Olympic medalist Lovlina Borgohain (75kg) also made it to the semi-finals on Saturday night.
Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina secured a medal by making it to the semi-finals with a win over Kazakhstan’s Valentina Khalzova in the quarterfinals. Lovlina needed just one win among five boxers to ensure at least a bronze medal as the 25-year-old advanced to the semi-finals with a 3-2 win over Khaljowa in a split decision late Saturday night.
Lovlina is preparing keeping in mind the Paris Olympics
The boxer from Assam won a bronze medal in the 69kg category at the Tokyo Olympics. She has now started playing in the 75kg category as the 69kg category is not included in the Paris Olympics. Ankushita has also made it to the semi-finals. The 22-year-old boxer scored a 5-0 win over Japan’s Subata Arsia in the last eight. Pooja (70kg), however, came to an end in the tournament. She lost 0-5 to Dariga Shakimova of Kazakhstan.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 06, 2022, 23:39 IST