Chandigarh: Manipur’s N Bidyapati defeated Assamese boxer Amisha Kumar Bharti in the second round of the Junior National Boxing Championships being held in Chandigarh on Friday.
In the 50-kg category, Bharti, the tournament favorite who also won a silver medal at Silesian Cup in Poland, was stunned by the lesser known player from Manipur as the score line read 1-4 after the end of the match.
Later in the afternoon, Aashreya Naik proved her superiority over Punjab’s Jashanpreet Kaur, beating her 5-0 in the 60-kg category. The Goan boxer had won a silver at the Selesian Cup in Poland.
Services’ Sanjeet, who celebrated his nomination as Asia’s best boxer in the Asian Boxing Confederation polling on Thursday, fought fiercely against Manish Rathore of Uttar Pradesh in the 46-kg class before forcing the referee to stop the contest for an RSC-3 verdict.
S Victor Singh was also severe against his Delhi rival Sumit Chaudhary, landing some clean punches to impress the judges in the 50-kg second-round bout. The Delhi boxer managed to ward off his opponent by cleverly ducking from harm’s way but traded very few punches to make any impression.
So it was not surprising that Victor, the bronze medal winner from the Nations Cup held in Serbia early this year, won the bout on points (5-0) to keep chances alive in the nationals. Ankit Narwal from Haryana defeated Kanish Dagar, also from Delhi, 5-0 in the 60-kg category.