Boxers register wins in Asian Confederation C'ship
New Delhi: India continued its rampaging run on the second day of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships with four Indian boxers, including Paramjeet Samota, reaching the next round in Incheon, South Korea on Saturday.
Commonwealth Champion Samota (91kg), Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Amandeep Singh (49kg), 2008 Youth Commonwealth gold medallist Balwinder Beniwal (64kg) and National Champion Kuldeep Singh (75kg) won their respective bouts to enter the next round of the tournament.
Samota, playing in the heavy weight category, carried his good form and wreaked havoc on his Kuwaiti opponent Naif Qaid and knocked him out of the competition.
The Asian Games bronze medallist was leading 4-1 in the first round when a heavy duty punch knocked the lights out of Naif, who could not recover from the forceful blow and handed the victory to the 23-year-old.
It was an emphatic victory for Samota, who's had a good year so far with a gold medal at "Belgrade Winner" in Serbia along with the best boxer award and a bronze in Cuba at the Giraldo C’rdova Cardin tournament.
In the light fly weight division, compatriot Amandeep also made a winning start to his campaign in the biennial championship.
The 25-year-old Amandeep although opened cautiously against Denisius Agustinus Hitarihun of Indonesia, he never let the Indonesian get ahead.
The 2007 Asian championship bronze medallist combined his superior technique and swift movements to maintain a steady lead, before securing his place in the next round with a 16-13 win on points.
Kudeep, playing in the middle weight class, displayed exceptional strength and stamina to come back from a two-point deficit to beat Dauren Yeleusinov of Kazakhstan.
A bronze medallist at the Giraldo C?rdova Cardin, Kuldeep was down 6-8 after the opening three minutes of play but the 22-year-old grabbed the lead from the Kazak boxer in the second round.
In the end, Kuldeep advanced to the next round by virtue of a 17-14 victory on points.
Balwinder, a quarter-finalist in China at the previous edition of the Championships, also cemented his place in the next round after he was handed a victory against Naser Alenez of Kuwait in the form of a walk over.
2010 Youth Olympics silver medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg) will take on Abdul Rahman of Kuwait, Mandeep Jangra (69kg) will open against Komiljon Kholioov and Santosh Harijan (52kg) will lock horns with Tufstsogt Nyambayak of Mongolia on the third day of the event on Sunday.