Lalitha Polipalli Prasad (49kg) continued his winning streak at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Yerevan, Armenia on Monday (3 Dec’12). The 17 year old cemented his place in the quarter-finals of the championship with another scintillating performance. Prasad, a product of the Boys Sports Company at the Army Sports Institute (ASI) in Pune, is now just one more win away from ensuring himself at least a bronze medal finish from the tournament. Pitted against Issac Pinto of Ecuador, Prasad a multiple junior national champion, dominated the game, with his accurate jabs and power hooks from the start. The brittle defence of Pinto could hardy withstand the relentless pounding laid on him by the Indian boxer. An aggressive opening gave him a three point advantage (4-1) in the first round. From there on, he put the pedal to the metal; the hapless 17 year old Ecuadorian engaged as a mere formality for the last six minutes of the bout. Prasad won a place in the round of eight with a 15-5 win on points. In the quarter-finals on Tuesday (4 Dec’12) he is slated to go head-to-head against Japanese boxer Kosie Tanaka.††††
Sandeep Sharma (75kg) a bronze medallist at the 2010 International Invitational tournament in Kazakhstan 2010 also made his way into the quarter-finals of the Championship with a resounding victory over European Junior Championships bronze medallist Berika Mhechadze of Georgia. He completely outclassed Berika and was outstanding all throughout the bout winning all three rounds against his European opponent. He won on points 17-8. In the quarter-finals he would battle against Uzbek boxer Azizjon Mamatov in an attempt to qualify for the medal rounds.
The Indian boxers shined through the evening session of play late on Sunday night (2 Dec’12) as well. Silver medallist at the 2012 Tammer International Tournament, Dheeraj Singh (52kg) overhauled his opponent Roman Formanek of Slovakia in spectacular fashion. The recently turned 18 year old, took full advantage of his height and long reaching arms to break the defence of Formanek. A 12-3 lead after round two, saw him record an impressive victory and sail through to the next round of the championship. He won on points 20-5 (2-1, 10-2 and 8-2). The Indian boxer is now set to face Tural Ahmadov of Azerbaijan in the pre-quarter finals of the fly weight category later today.†Super heavy weight boxer Narender (+91) upstaged Hussein Iashaish from Jordan in what was an outstanding battle. There was not much separating the two boxers and both matched each other punch for punch, but Narender took a crucial one point lead in the first round (3-2). Iashaish though, levelled things in the second round winning it 5-4. With the scores knotted at seven all both fighters went all out in the final round. In the end though, it was Narender who edged past the Jordanian boxer with a score of 12-11. He now takes on 2010 European Junior Championship bronze medallist Ivan Kabatov of Russia on Tuesday (4 Dec’12).