Services` Madan Lal knocks out Santosh

Hyderabad: Services boxer Madan Lal scored a comprehensive 15-9 win over Santosh Harijan of Goa to storm into the fly weight division final on day five of the 59th Sahara Senior Men`s National Boxing Championship here on Saturday.

In one of the most anticipated bouts of the day, Lal, unlike his usual self, decided to let his opponent make the first move, knowing that Harijan is a strong counter attacker.

The tactics paid off and almost every time Harijan charged in, Lal got the better of him with some swift combinations, doing the most damage in the second round at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium.

Santosh tried hard to get back into the game in the final three minutes, but Madan was up to the task. In the end, the Services boxer went on to make his place in the finals with 15-9 win on points.

In the summit clash, Lal takes on Delhi boxer Gaurav Bidhuri, who beat Mahminathan of Karnataka in another semifinal bout.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Amandeep Singh of the Railways and 2009 Asian Championship gold medallist Nanao Singh of Services also made it to the light flyweight finals.

Amandeep defeated a feisty Naveen Kumar from Haryana while Nanao also had to work hard against Pankaj Saini of Punjab. The two Services boxers will now lock horns against each other tomorrow in the final for the third time.

In the welter weight division, Railways boxer and multiple national champion Dlibagh Singh continued his purple patch registering an easy victory over Manish Uikey of Madhya Pradesh.

The 31-year-old displayed his mastery of the craft, never allowing Uikey scoring opportunities. He was leading 11-4 in the third round, when the referee decided to stop the contest and award Dilbagh the victory.

He will battle against Sukhdeep Singh of Punjab for a record 10th National Championship title. His teammate Kuldeep Singh though had a bad day at office, losing his semifinal bout against Jaideep of Services.

The former two time national champion was completely out of sorts and the Services boxer took complete advantage, taking an early three point lead.

In the end, Kuldeep had to settle for a bronze medal finish with a 12-19 loss.

In the heavy weight category, Manpreet Singh of Services had to dig deep against Jasveer Singh of the Railways. A silver medallist at the 2010 Asian Games, Manpreet put his experience to good use against some heavy hitting from Jasveer. He went on to make a place in the finals with a 15-14 win on points.

Meanwhile, the fight for the overall title is once again between defending champions Railways and last year`s runners-up Services. The two boxing power houses once again asserted their dominance in the domestic arena with five boxers qualifying for the finals for each squad.

All five semifinalists of Services team advanced to the championship round. The railways suffered setbacks in the heavy weight and middle weight category.