Abhijit Sen Gupta
HYDERABAD: Manpreet Singh of Services, former Asian championship silver medallist, gave a good display to beat a hard-fighting Jasveer Singh of Uttar Pradesh 7-2 in the heavyweight first round bout of the Sahara senior National boxing championship at Saroornagar Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday.
In the first round, Jasveer showed a very sound defence and Manpreet could win only two points despite his efforts. In the second round also, Jasveer kept Manpreet at bay for a long period and the Services boxer could get only one more point.
It was only in the third round that Jasveer let down his guard and this allowed Manpreet to score a 7-2 win.
In the super heavyweight category, B.R. Tharapathi of Karnataka displayed remarkable stamina and accurate punching to beat Narender Yadav of Andhra Pradesh.
The heavily-built boxer from Andhra could not match his rival’s speed and power. The first round ended 6-0 in favour of Tharapathi and the Karnataka boxer increased the lead to 9-1 by the end of second round.
In the final round, neither boxer could score and the Karnataka boxer walked out a deserving winner.
The results (first round):
Middleweight: 75 kg: Rahul (Del) bt Amit Kumar (BSF) 5-2; Suresh Kumar (Chd) bt Jasbir Singh (Assam Rifles) 10-5; Amit Singh (Cht) bt Raj (WB) 9-2; Gurusanker (TN) bt B. Naresh (AP) RSC -1st round; Kuldeep (Rly) bt Zhang Munua (Nag) RSC – 2nd round.
Welter: 69kg: Modali (Pon) bt Rukha Bulgura (Assm) RSC -1st round; Zhenghu (Meg) bt Lokesh (AP) 6-1; Bhupender (Mani) bt Rajesh Kumar (Ker) 11-4; Aditya Rati (Uttarakhand) bt Rajesh Kumar (Ker) 11-4; Sunnu Raj (CISF) bt Sham Yadav (Chd) 14-6; Jitender (Del) bt Suresh (TN) 4-2; Ashish (J&K) bt Hamza (Mani) 4-3; Vijay (Har) bt Mahender (UP) 10-4.
Heavy: 91 kg: Manpreet Singh (SSCB) bt Jasveer (UP) 7-2.
Super heavy: 91 kg & above: B.A. Tarapathi (Kar) bt Narender Yadav (AP) 9-1.
Tuesday’s results: Bantam (54 kg): Suresh Singh (AIP) bt Amit Kumar (Utk) (manual scoring - pts not decl); Prem Prakash (MP) bt Arjun Kanta (Asm)(manual scoring - pts not decl); Santosh Singh (Jha) bt MF Ansari (Bih) (RSC first rund); Arun Limbu (Aru) bt Rahul (Del) (manual scoring).
Light (60 kg): C. Kishore (Kar) bt Mahesh Singh (UP) 9-3; Madan Mohan (AP) bt Deepak (J & K) RSC second round.