The Indian team returned with a bag of mixed results on day two of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordonon Tuesday (02 Jul 2013). Reigning National Champion Vikash Malik (60kg) powered through to the per-quarter finals of the tournament with a well earned victory, while bronze medal winner at the 2013 Korotkov Memorial tournament, Jagroop Singh’s (81kg) maiden appearance at the Asian Championship came to end with a loss in his opening round bout.
Malik, also making his debut at the continental championships, was up against Nooristani Khaibar of Afghanistan. The 26 year old put up an admirable performance, with spurts of immense aggression to overpower the Afghan boxer. Although Khaibar did not make things easy for Vikash, but the two time national championship gold medallist was relentless in his attacks – A consistent volley of his three punch combo doing most of the damage. He went on to secure his place in the round of 16 with a win on a split decision. He now takes on Olympian and reigning Continental Champion Yunusov Anvar of Tajikistan on Thursday (4 July 2013) for a place in the quarter-final round of the light weight division. Getting past Anwar – best known for handing Asian Games winner Violito Payla his first ever stoppage defeat (RSC) at the 2007 world championships where he won the bronze medal – will be a difficult proposition and the railways boxer will have to bring his A game to the contest.
In the light heavy weight division, silver medallist at the 2012 Senior Nationals Jagroop Singh’s campaign at the Asian Championships came to an end at the hands of Boburbek Yuldashev of Uzbekistan. Singh, who hasn’t had much experience in the international arena, came up short against the superior technique of the Uzbek boxer; he lost on a unanimous decision in the end.
In the other pre-quarter finals Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) will lock horns with Lac Mohamed Dilshan of Sri Lanka. Recently crowned Limassol Boxing Cup Champion Mandeep Jangra (69kg) will fight in his first bout of the tournament against Lebanese boxer Antar Khodor, while silver medallist at the Limassol Boxing Cup Sukhdeep Singh (75kg) takes on Kim Daehwan of Korea.