Shiva Thapa will win a medal at the Asian Championships for a historic sixth time
Hussamuddin reaches semi-finals with Govind in Asian Boxing Championship
Olympic champion Lovlina Borgohain enters semi-finals
267 boxers from 27 top boxing nations are participating in the competition
New Delhi. boxer Shiva Thapa sealed his belt with a commanding victory to seal a historic 6th Asian Championship medal. Entered with Mohammad Hussamuddin and Govind Kumar Sahni in the semi-finals of the ongoing ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan. Thapa (63.5 kg) registered an impressive quarter-final win against Minsu Choi of South Korea. Thapa launched a swift attack against the rival boxer and did not give him a chance with his speed and powerful punches.
With this victory, Thapa has now become the most successful male boxer in the Asian Championships with 6 competition medals. Along with this, two-time Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Mohammad Hussamuddin on Sunday confirmed another medal for India by making it to the semi-finals of the championship. In the quarterfinals against South Korea’s Heungseok Lee, Hussamuddin (57kg) fell behind early as the opponent’s boxing landed him some precise punches in the first round.
Amidst apprehension of reversal, Hasamuddin returned taking advantage of his experience. He dominated the next two rounds with an aggressive approach and sealed another medal for India with a 5-0 win. Hussamuddin will take on 2021 World Championships silver medalist Serik Temirza in the semi-finals on 10 November.
Olympic medalist Lovlina confirmed medal
In another quarterfinal, Thailand Open gold medalist Anant Chopade (54kg) bowed out after going down 0-4 against 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 sealed a place in the semi-finals with a quarterfinal win over Kazakhstan’s Valentina Khalzova. Lovlina needed just one win to be assured of at least a bronze medal among the five boxers and the 25-year-old boxer made it to the semi-finals with a 3-2 split decision win over Khaljova late on Saturday night.
Lovlina is preparing keeping Paris Olympics in mind
The boxer from Assam had won a bronze medal in the 69kg category at the Tokyo Olympics. She has now started playing in the 75 kg category as the 69 kg category is not included in the Paris Olympics. Ankushita has also made it to the semi-finals. The 22-year-old boxer won 5-0 over Japan’s Subata Arsia in the last eight. Pooja (70kg), however, ended her journey in the tournament. She was defeated 0-5 by Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 06, 2022, 23:39 IST