Six-time Asian medalist Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) advanced to the final of the Men’s National Boxing Championships 2022 with a 5-0 win over 2019 World Championships bronze medalist Manish Kaushik, in Hisar on Thursday. Thapa will face 2019 World Youth Championships silver medalist Ankit Narwal in the final.
Thapa and Kaushik started out aggressively in the 63.5kg match. As the bout progressed, Thapa utilized his experience to smartly dodge punches with his quick feet while landing more accurate blows. Ultimately, Shiva was successful in having the upper hand over Kaushik and registered a resounding 5-0 win.
Meanwhile, representing SSCB, 2021 Asian champion Sanjeet (92kg) registered a comfortable win over Himachal Pradesh’s Ashish Bhandor. Showcasing his power and supreme technical ability, Sanjeet gave his opponent no chance to come back in the bout and sealed his place in the finals after the referee stopped the contest (RSC) in the second round.
On the other hand, Sanjeet’s SSCB teammates Asian Championships bronze medalist Sumit (75kg) and Narender (+92kg) have won their semi-final bouts 5-0. Sumit defeated Tinderpal Singh of Punjab while Narender defeated Jaipal Singh of Punjab to make it to the finals.
Abhinash Jamwal of Himachal Pradesh also defeated Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Rohit Tokas of RSCB in the semi-finals of 67kg. The closely contested match saw both pugilists give it their all. But Jamwal’s edge out to secure a 4-3 win after the bout was reviewed. He will face Akash of SSCB in the final. Two-time Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Mohammad Hussamuddin of SSCB also won by unanimous decision against Himachal Pradesh’s Ashish Kumar. He is going to take on Sachin of RSPB in the final of 57kg category.
At the same time, the RSPB pair of Govind Sahani (48kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) defeated Neeraj Swami of Delhi and Suni Chouhan of Uttar Pradesh. They won the bout by identical 5-0 margins respectively to advance to the finals. The final bout of all weight categories at the Men’s National Boxing Championships 2022 will happen on Friday.