Boxer Smith Sanwan was one of the first day winners of the National Championships.© Twitter
Former Asian medalist Smit Sanwan (86kg) won the first day of the Men’s Boxing Championship at the Inspire Institute of Sports on Wednesday. Smit, a pugilist from Hariyana who participated in the 2012 London Olympics, unanimously defeated Andhra Pradesh’s Harish Prasadura in the 86kg opening round. The 2019 Presidents Cup gold medalist Niraji Swami (48kg) also performed an impressive show, winning an overwhelming 5-0 victory over Hariyana’s Sagar.
Punjab’s Rajpindersin also defeated his opponent Rafurniltu from Himachal Pradesh to secure a 5-0 victory in the 54kg match. Among the other boxers who made an impressive start were Maharashtra’s Nikir Dubay and Chhattisgarh’s Dinesh Kumar.
Competing in the 75kg category, both boxers claimed a contrasting victory. Nikil won the first round stop with Gujarat’s Sejad Rilger, but Dinesh had to work hard in a 3-2 close battle with Bengal’s Abishek Shaw.
Tournaments are held in 13 new categories announced by the International Boxing Association. The ongoing championship finals will take place on September 21st.
Gold medalists will book a direct berth for the next World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, from October 24th to November 6th.
Boxers who have won gold and silver medals can participate directly in coaching camps nationwide. Following the national championship, a selection test will be held until September 24th, and the remaining two names will be finalized and will participate in national camps in each category.
In the selection test, two Nationals bronze medalists will face boxers representing SSCB (Service), RSPB (Railway) and Haryana, the second team in the top three of the 2019 National Championship.
The full list of campers will be announced on September 24th based on the results of the selection test.
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