The 2021 World Junior Championships bronze medalist Bishwamitra Chongtham (51 kg) lived up to expectations by comfortably winning his fight in the quarter-finals and entering the semi-finals alongside three other Indians on the second day of the ASBC Youth & Junior Boxing Championships in Dubai.
Bishwamitra, the little boxer from Manipur, was too strong for Kenzhe Muratul of Kazakhstan. He showed quick movements and technical prowess throughout the fight before securing an easy 5-0 victory and securing at least a bronze medal with a semifinal berth.
In the middleweight quarter-finals, Deepak (75 kg), against Iraqi Dhurgham Karim, dominated the proceedings from the start. He landed a flurry of punches on his opponent in the third round and, as a result, the referee had to stop the fight.
National champion Abhimanyu Loura (92 kg) of Haryana also advanced to the semi-finals after beating Kyrgyzstan Tenibekov Sanjar in a one-sided affair. The lanky and strong Indian was declared the winner with Referee Stopping the Contest (RSC) in the second round of the bout.
In the women’s section, Preeti (57 kg) won her fight and advanced to the semi-finals. She overtook Mongolian Tugsjargal Nomin, taking the RSC verdict victory in the second round of the match. On the other hand, Aditya Janghu (86 kg) was the only Indian to suffer a loss on Matchday 2 as he lost to Kazakh Temrlan Mukatayev in the quarter-finals.
On the third day of the tournament, six Indian junior boxers will be seen in action. Krish Pal (46kg), Ashish (54kg), Anshul (57kg), Preet Malik (63kg), Bharat Joon (81 + kg) will play their respective quarter-finals while Gaurav Saini (70kg) will play in the semi-finals.
The current Asian Championships will provide the indispensable competitive tournament for promising young talent at Asian level after a gap of nearly two years lost due to a pandemic. The event witnessed some exciting action in the presence of boxers from strong boxing nations like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to name a few.
Gold medalists in the youth age group will receive a cash prize of $ 6,000, while silver and bronze medalists will receive $ 3,000 and $ 1,500 respectively. However, the junior champions will receive respectively $ 4000 and $ 2000 and $ 1000 for the silver and bronze medalists.