On Friday, the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships currently taking place in Amman, Jordan, saw former Asian champion Shiva Thapa advancing to the quarterfinals, along with Sachin and Amit Kumar.
A close fight between Thapa and Mongolian Byambatsogt Tuguldur produced a victory for the Indian pugilist. There were some heavy blows landed on each other by Thapa and Tuguldur right from the start, making it a very close match. However, it ended up being a 3-2 split decision victory in favor of Thapa.
A quarterfinal bout will now be contested between Thapa and the winner of Haidara Alasaly vs Minsu Choi.
In other matches, Amit (67kg) won 5-0 over Zheng-Rong Huang of Chinese Taipei, while Sachin (71kg) defeated Thailand’s Peerapat Yeasungnoen by a similar margin. Ananta Chopade (54 kg) and Etash Khan (60 kg) will face Tanaka Shogo from Japan and Khunatip Pudnich from Thailand, respectively, in their pre-quarterfinal bouts later tonight.
Coming to the women’s section, seven boxers from the country, including Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain, will start their campaign in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
A total of 267 boxers from 27 countries are taking part in the competition.
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