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Asian Boxing Ch’ships: India’s Sparsh Kumar sets up pre-quarterfinal clash against world champion




Indian boxers Sparsh Kumar and Lakshya Chahar kicked off India’s campaign at the 2022 Asian Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan by winning their respective bouts by identical scores of 5-0 on the opening day on Tuesday.

Sparsh Kumar (51kg) faced Kyrgyzstan’s Diushebaev Nurzhigit in the round of 16 and the boxer from Punjab displayed snappy footwork and precise punching to earn a comfortable 5-0 win over his opponent. The southpaw dictated the pace of the fight early on and didn’t allow his opponent to settle.

The Indian boxer will face the Kazakh Saken Bibossinov, Olympic bronze medalist and reigning world champion, on Wednesday in the pre-quarterfinals. 2022 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Mohammad Hussamuddin (57kg) will also be in action on Wednesday with Sparsh Kumar in their pre-quarterfinal bouts.

Later in the day, Lakshya Chahar (80kg) also beat Shabbos Negmat of Tajikistan 5-0 in their round of 16 and advanced to the quarter-finals.

The 2022 Asian Boxing Championships, to be held in Amman, will see 267 boxers from the top 27 boxing nations compete. India sent a team of 25 members to the meeting.

Five-time Asian medalist Shiva Thapa (63.5 kg) along with seven other Indian boxers, Ananta (54 kg), Hussamuddin (57 kg), Etash Khan (60 kg), Amit Kumar (67 kg), Sachin (71 kg) , Lakshya (80kg) and Kapil (86kg) will start their campaign in the pre-quarterfinals.

Govind Sahani (48kg), Sumit (75kg), Naveen (92kg) and Narender (92+kg) will start from the quarterfinals after receiving byes to the first round.

In women’s boxing, Olympic bronze medalist from Tokyo Lovlina Borgohain will start her campaign against 2016 world champion Valentina Khalzova of Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Lovlina, who changed her weight class from 69 kg, will compete in her first international tournament in the 75 kg weight class in Amman.

Simranjit Kaur (60kg), bronze medalist at the 2018 world championships, returns to the tournament and will face Asian Games gold medalist and two-time Asian champion Yeonji Oh of Korea in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Among the other boxers, Monika (48kg), Minakshi (52kg), Sakshi (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Parveen (63kg), Ankushita Boro (66kg), Pooja (70kg) and Savita (50kg) will also give kicks. foot- out of their campaign from the quarter-final stage. Saweety Boora (81kg) and Alfiya Pathan (+81kg) will start in the semi-finals. In the previous edition of the tournament, held in Dubai last year, the Indian contingent won 16 medals and secured the country’s best performance at the championships.