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Asian champ Vishwanath Suresh, Chandigarh's Rohit Chamoli advance to quarters

Chennai, July 9 (IANS) Reigning Asian champion Vishwanath Suresh and Rohit Chamoli extended their impressive run to storm into the men’s quarterfinals by registering emphatic wins at the 5th Youth Men’s and Women’s National Boxing Championships here on Saturday.

While Vishwanath, representing the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), thrashed Chandigarh’s Sushant Kapoor by 5-0 in the 48kg category, 2021 Asian junior champion Rohit of Chandigarh outpunched Bhupendra Kumar of Uttar Pradesh by a similar margin in the 51kg pre-quarterfinals contest.

Jadumani Mandengbam (51kg) was the other SSCB boxer to progress to the men’s quarterfinals. He beat Manipur’s Edipak Laishram Singh by unanimous decision.

For Chandigarh, besides Rohit, Parineeta Sheoran also advanced to the Last-8 stage from the women’s section after securing an easy 5-0 win over Andhra Pradesh’s Vyashnavi Nethala in the 48kg category.

Meanwhile, six pugilists from Maharashtra, including four women, made their way into the quarterfinals on the third day of the event.

Aarya Bartakke began the day for Maharashtra with a thrilling 3-2 win against Uttar Pradesh’s Anamika Yadav in an intensely fought women’s 57 kg pre-quarterfinal. Vaishnavi Waghmare (60kg), Aditi Sharma (66kg) and Sana Gonsalves (70kg), on the other hand, claimed comfortable wins.

Aditi beat Delhi’s Khushi Sharma by a 5-0 margin while Vaishnavi and Sana notched up Referee Stopping Contest (RSC) verdicts against Chhattisgarh’s Garima Sharma and Punjab’s Darshpreet Kaur respectively, according to a release by Boxing Federation of India (BFI).

In the men’s section, Umer Shaikh (48kg) and Usman Ansari (51kg) progressed into the quarter-finals from Maharashtra with contrasting wins. Umer had to work hard during his 4-1 win against Tamil Nadu’s Yuveshwaran C., whereas Usman beat Haryana convincingly by a 5-0 margin.

Meanwhile, Yamini Kanwar and Sunita were among the five women pugilists from Rajasthan who made their way into the quarter-finals.

Both Yamini (48kg) and Sunita (52kg) clinched nail-biting victories. While Yamini got the better of Maharashtra’s Janhavi Churi by a 3-2 margin, Sunita won by 4’1 against Gujarat’s Sanjana Choudhary.

Anju (57kg), Isha Gurjar (63kg) and Reena (75kg) were the other boxers from Rajasthan to enter the quarterfinals.

–IANS

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