Wednesday, 17 March 2010

6 Indians in finals of Commonwealth Boxing Championships

The final day of the fifth Commonwealth Boxing Championship will see as many as six Indian boxers fighting for gold at the Talkatora stadium on Wednesday.

Click here to read more about India's performance in Commonwealth Boxing Championships.

There is plenty to look forward to as two more boxers from the Indian squad made it to the finals on Tuesday, after four had made the grade on Monday.

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Amandeep Singh defeated MFBM Redzuan of Malaysia 7-1 in the light-fly category (49 kg) before Jai Bhagwan (60 kg) got a bye over England's Daniel Phillips to enter the title round. Amandeep will face Kenya's Peter Mungai while Bhagwan will challenge Valention Knowles of the Bahamas.

Amandeep and Redzuan, both southpaws, started cautiously in the semifinal. After taking a 3-0 lead in the first round, Amandeep played safe in a bid to guard his lead. In the third round, he consolidated to 5-1 before the referee penalised Redzuan for excessive bending, making it 7-1 in the Indians' favour, the final score. Amandeep's opponent in the title clash is also a southpaw.

"My opponent was slightly slow and that helped. After taking the lead in the first round, we decided to play safe. He used a lot of wild swings but my strategy was to avoid them," said Amandeep, who played hockey for three years before deciding to don the gloves.

"This is going against my expectations. Two of our better boxers lost, which I never expected. On Monday, four of our boxers made it to the finals and now the count stands at six. I never expected this either. But the finals are not going to be a cakewalk," said a happy Indian coach, Gurbax Singh Sandhu. After India's six, England have the most fighters in the finals - four.

Meanwhile, Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Bruno Sulie of Mauritius lost to England's Ian Weaver 12-3 in 56kg semifinals. Weaver had defeated Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar in the quarterfinals.

Order of the finals (starts at 2:30pm IST):

Bantamweight (56 kg): Ian Weaver (England) vs MDK Wanniarachchi (Sri Lanka)
Light welterweight (64 kg): Chris Jenkins (Wales) vs Scott Cardle (England)
Welterweight (69 kg): Fred Evans (Wales) vs Moabi Mothiba (Botswana)
Heavyweight (91 kg): Simon Vallily (England) vs Elly Ajowi (Kenya)
Super heavyweight (91+ kg): Paramjeet Samota (India) vs Joseph Parker (New Zealand)
Light flyweight (49 kg): Amandeep Singh (India) vs Peter Mungai (Kenya)
Flyweight (52 kg): Suranjoy Singh (India) vs Oliver Lavigi (Mauritius)
Lightweight (60 kg): Jai Bhagwan (India) vs Valention Knowles (Bahamas)
Middleweight (75 kg): Vijender Singh (India) vs Frank Buglioni (England)
Light heavyweight (81 kg): Dinesh Kumar (India) vs Callum Johnson (Scotland).

1 comments: said...

India won the 6 Golds :)

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