The stage was set, the spirits soaring high as the Indian boxers returned to the domestic arena for the Sahara 58th Senior Men?s National Boxing Championship. The tournament, considered to be a bastion of nation's best and brightest talent, will once again witness boxers of the country vying for title of National Champion. Over 275 boxers from 36 State and Board teams will battle it out for the prestigious title in the 58th edition. 40 medals will be at stake in the contest that is scheduled to be held from the 5th ? 10th December?2011.
The event is being organised by the Tamil Nadu State Boxing Association under the aegis of Indian Boxing Federation and is the last national championship in the IABF calendar for the year 2011. Secretary General of Indian Boxing Federation, Brig PK Muralidharan Raja believes a good performance at the championships will do wonders to the boxer?s confidence and will help them emerge as a front runner in their weight category. He said, ?National title is an accolade that every athlete wants to have in his kitty, therefore like any other year we are bound to witness an abundance of energy driving the pugilists to national glory?. He further added, ?The competition is not going to be easy, especially for the weight categories in which an Olympic qualification is still to be acquired. Boxer would be gunning for the yellow metal as it would lay a good foundation for a favourable result in the trails for the Asian Qualifiers?.
Action got underway at the Alagappa University in the town of Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu with light fly weight division. 2009 Asian Championship silver medallist Th. Nanao Singh powered through to the next stage with an enthralling performance against Sandeep Kumar of Orissa. The national games gold medallist made a mockery of his opponent as he displayed his mastery of craft. Kumar doused in the barrage of punches the services boxer threw at him. In the end Nanao won by a huge margin of 16 points (23:7).
Common Wealth Games bronze medallist Amandeep Singh also won his first round bout, but in contrast to Nanao?s bout. In the opening round the railways boxer had some difficulty getting past the defence of Pushkar P Bhonsle from Goa (2:0). But the veteran boxer made best use of his experience gathering pace in the second; he scored six points as opposed to Bhonsle?s two. The 25 year old managed to win the third round (4:2) and the bout with a score of 12:4. Upcoming boxer Haryana Devender also advanced to the next round with an emphatic victory over Pawan Singh from Delhi. The 19 year old dominated the entire bout with his aggressive power play. The reigning North India boxing champion beat the Delhi boxer 18:7.
In the light heavy weight category, Ram Singh of Punjab opened his 2011 National Championship campaign with a brilliant win over Kaptan Singh playing for West Bengal. Ram, the former A. K. Misra International Boxing Champion, was leading 19:6 in the third round when the referee decided to stop the contest and award victory to him.
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