The preliminary round action continued in the 27th Junior Men National Boxing Championship in Pune on Wednesday with the Young guns of Indian boxing putting forth their best efforts batting for the title of ‘Junior National Champion’. Day two promised to offer some enthralling action with some well-known names in the junior circuit taking to the rings.
Naveen Kumar (50kg) of SSCB, who made headlines recently bagging a silver medal at the Junior World Championships, carried his form into the Junior Nationals as well. But the 16 year old had to bring his A game, as Bound Benjamin of Jharkhand tried his level best to cause an upset. Naveen was down a two point deficit after first four minutes of play, but the gold medal winner at the 2011 President Heydar Aliyev Cup in Baku, Azebijan, staged a stunning comeback in the third round. With the help of some exquisite combinations he went on to secure his place in the quarter-finals with a 12:10 victory on points.
PL Prasad continued to pulverize his opponents in the light fly weight division. The 16 year old who has been who has been bagging the gold medal at the Junior Nationals for the last three years advanced to the next round with another riveting performance. The SSCB boxer completely outclassed D logesh of Tamil Nadu; he was leading 11:1 in the second round when the referee stopped the contest. It was a spell bounding display of an all-out offensive by Prasad, which helped him secure a QF berth; he will take on D Ajay of Chhattisgarh in the round of eight.
Another interesting battle in the fly weight division was between two time former Junior National Champion Chhanrin Piangia of Mizoram and Manohar Sharma of Himachal Pradesh. It was a seesaw contest with both boxers matching each other punch for punch. In the end though, it was the Mizoram boxer who triumphed with a score of 9:8. He will lock horns with Lakhminandan Chutia of Assam in the quarters.
In the light bantamweight class, Munish Kaushik of Haryana marched into the round of eight of the championships with a resounding victory. Kaushik, a quarter-finalist at the 2011 Junior World Championships and a bronze medallist in the 2011 President Heydar Aliyev Cup, dominated proceedings from the get go and made a mockery of his opponent. With a barrage of punches the he went on to beat Mukesh Pal of UP 15:5. He now meets Andhra boxer Ponnada Pruthvi, who made his place in the quarter-finals with a 12:5 victory over Gourav Pikhan of J&K.
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