Former Sub-Junior National Champion Prayag Chauhan (60kg) continued his winning spree at the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan. The 16 year old boxer marched into the finals of the light weight division with another prolific victory. With this win the Delhi boxer is now assured of at least a silver medal finish from the tournament.
Chauhan, who made his place in the semi-finals after overhauling Nozimov Mumin of Tajikistan in the quarters, was up against Ernis Uulu Ruslan of Kyrgyzstan. A silver medal winner at the 2012 Sub-Junior National Boxing Championship, he was once again seen in top form as he comprehensively beat the Kyrgyzstan boxer in what was a unanimous decision by judges. Coach Vijay Sharma was extremely pleased with his performance and said,†“Prayag is in great form and fought very well against the Kyrgyz boxer. He has shown good potential and this performance will do wonders for his confidence in the upcoming world championships”.†He will now stake a claim for the yellow metal in the championship round against Ilyubayev Azat of Kazakhstan on Sunday (21 April 2013).
But the Indian camp suffered setbacks in the quarter-finals of the pin weight and the bantam weight division. Reigning sub-junior national champion Mohammad Wasique (46kg), who beat Mongolian boxer Narantsogt to make it to the last eight, came up short against some power hitting of local lad Nursultan Bekbolat. Thounaojam Bickychand’s campaign at the Asian meet also came to an end at the hands of Kholdarov Ikboijan of Uzbekistan.
But there was good news for India in the light fly weight division. The Opening Contest of day 2 on Tuesday (16 April 2013) saw Varinder Singh, a gold medallist at the 28th†Sub-Junior National Championship, take down China's Ma Jiawei in the preliminary round. The Punjab-based boxer defeated his Chinese opponent, who was one of the best in their current junior selection. He now takes on Ravshanbek Uulu Muhammad of Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday (18 April 2013) for a place in the semi-finals. Reigning sub-junior national champion Aditya Maan (66kg) will be eying a place in the finals as he takes on Merjanov Eldar of Uzbekistan. Deepak Kumar (52kg) and Vishnu Dayanand Chayal (57kg) will also be seen in action as they open their campaign in the quarter-finals after getting a bye in the pre quarters.