Samota in semifinals of Senior Men`s National Boxing

Chennai: Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paramjeet Samota of Railways continued his winning streak as he overpowered Rambol of Madhya Pradesh to storm into the semifinals in super heavyweight category on day four of 58th Senior Men`s National Boxing Championship on Friday.

Samota took some time to settle down but shifted into top gear and threw some hefty blows in the second round to which his opponent had no answer. He finally pulled the rug from under Rambol`s feet with a blistering upper cut.

Samota will face Fateh Singh of Jharkhand in the semifinals.

"It was a great bout for me, everything I tried came off and yielded results. I am happy with my performance and hope to carry on my form," said a confident Samota after his bout.

In the light flyweight division, 2009 Asian Championship silver medallist and Services boxer Nanao Singh also continued his winning spree as he thrashed P Raghvan of Tamil Nadu in a quarterfinal bout.

The National Games gold medallist Nanao dominated the proceedings from the word go, leading throughout the bout, before winning 14:5. He now takes on Bahadur Singh Rana of Uttarakhand.

But, it was curtains for National Games silver medallist Santosh Harijan of Goa. Harijan, who won a gold medal in Indonesia and a bronze in Kazakhstan earlier this year, came up short against Sandeep Malik of Delhi.

In what was a see-saw battle, Sandeep triumphed over his more experienced opponent on points (7:6).

In the bantam weight class, promising young boxer from Assam, Shiva Thapa ousted S Santosh Singh of Manipur.

Thapa, a gold medallist at the 2011 Belgrade Winner tournament, amassed a three point lead in the opening round and held on to the advantage before winning the bout 9:5.

He will take on National Games bronze medallist V Durga Rao of Karnataka. Rao defeated Amit Kumar Shukla of SPSB.

In the same weight category, 2010 South Asian boxing champion Chhote Lal Yadav of Services saw off a stiff challenge from Neeraj Goyat of IBF team.

Yadav, who had a one point deficit after the first round, made a stunning recovery in the second, winning eight points as against Goyat`s three.

In the final round, both the boxers went all out, but Yadav managed to hold onto the advantage and win the bout 17:13 on points. He will now lock horns with local lad V Maniknandan.


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