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Boxers Hussamuddin, Thapa in quarter-finals of Asian championships

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Dubai, May 24 (IANS) India began their campaign in Asian Boxing Championships here on Monday on a promising note as Mohammad Hussamuddin and Shiva Thapa advanced to quarter-finals in their respective weight categories.

While Hussamuddin defeated Makhmud Sabyrkhan of Kazakhstan 5-0 in men’s 56 kg category, Thapa beat Dmitrii Puchin of Kazakhstan 5-0 in 64 kg. Thapa will face Nader Odah of Kuwait in quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Hussamuddin, the Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist made a cautious start against the Kazakh boxer but consistency enabled him to win 5-0 and move into the last-eight stage of the continental competition.

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He will next face reigning world champion Mirazizbek Mirzabalilov of Uzbekistan.

Sunit Sangwan (81 kg) will be in action later at night.

In women’s section, India’s world championship bronze-medallist Simranjit Kaur and three other Indian pugilists are directly seeded in quarter-finals on Tuesday.

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Olympic-bound boxer Simranjit will square up against Uzbekistan’s Raykhona Kodirova in women’s 60kg quarter-final bout while Sakshi will take on Ruhafzo Haqazarova of Tajikistan in 54 kg.

–IANS

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