Boxing: Hussmuddin loses in quarter-finals, Sumit Sangwan in first round

Harpal Singh Bedi 

New Delhi:  India’s Mohammad Hussamuddin crashed out  as he lost to  the  world champion and top-seed Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov in the  56kg quarter-finals at the SBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai on Tuesday.

In the last-8 bout, Mirzahalilov started the fight  aggressively landing fierce punches. The Indian r tried to gain momentum with a good defence and counter-attacking punches but the experienced Uzbek boxer did not allow his rival  any quarter  before  chalkig out a 4-1 victory .
In the 81kg opening round bout played late in the night on Monday, Sumit Sangwan suffered a 5-0 defeat against Iran’s  Meysam Gheshlaghi.
Meanwhile  Olympic-bound pugilists Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishan and Ashish Kumar  face tough rivals  as they along  two other compatriots  play quarter-finals on Wednesday. 

The World Championships silver medallist and defending champion Panghal will face a strong challenge from Kharkhuu Enkhmandakh in the 52 kg bout. 

When the  two  last met at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan last year, the Mongolian boxer had put up a tough fight before the Indian managed to win. 

The Asian Games champion Vikas Krishan will  clash with  Iran’s Moslem Malamir in 69kg.  
Ashish Kumar (75kg), who clinched silver medal in the last edition of the event, and Narender (+91kg) will also be up against powerful opponents from Kazakhstan. 

While Ashish will  face  World Championships and Asian Games silver medallist Abilkhan Amankul, Narender is  up against two-time world championships silver medallist Kamshybek Kunkabayev,.

Current national champion Punjab boxer Varinder Singh (60kg)  who will  fight  to confirm a medal  as he will take on Jere Cruz of Philippines in lightweight last-8 bout.

150 boxers from 17 countries  are  taking part in this championship being jointly hosted by  by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation.


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