Nanao out of President`s Cup
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 21:29
Baku: India's Thokchom Nanao Singh (48kg) bowed out of the President's Cup Boxing tournament after he lost his quarterfinal bout against Luis Miguel Diaz of Dominican Republic.

Representing the Asia One team, the 19-year-old world number eight, who is a former youth world champion, went down 5-8 to Diaz at the Serhedchi Olympic Sport Complex.

Diaz, who is representing Americas Two team in the inter-continental tournament, is a bronze medallist from the same youth tournament where Nanao won a gold last year.

Nanao, an Asian silver medallist, trailed from the very start and was 0-2 down after the first round. He opened his scoring in the second round but the deficit kept piling and Nanao trailed 2-6 at the end of it.

The Indian gave it his all in the final three minutes, landing three scoring punches, but Diaz's two points in the final round were enough to end the Indian's campaign.

Tomorrow, the other Indian in the fray, Suranjoy Singh (51kg), who is a reigning Asian champion, will take on Olympic bronze medallist Vincenzo Picardi in his opening bout, which happens to a be a quarterfinal.

The President's Cup is a unique tournament where confederations from Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Oceania are pitted against each other. Each time a boxer wins a bout, he earns three points for his team.


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 21:29

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