Day two of the 2nd Sub-Junior National Boxing Championship in Shillong and the youngest members of Indian Boxing continued to enthral the crowd with an emphatic exhibition of high powered boxing. The sheer enthusiasm and determination of these budding aspirants of the sport was on display at the North Eastern Hills University, in Mawlai Shillong. The second edition of the tournament to be held from 5 - 10 September, 2011, will feature 31 state and board teams from all over the country with almost 269 boxers having qualified for the event. The five-day championship has been divided into three categories - boys of age 14 (Group A), 13 (Group B) and 12 (group C). 100 medals would be on stake in 25 weight categories spread over the above mentioned three age groups.
Preliminary bouts continued on the second day of the championship with the 40 kg weight class of the 13 year age group. Raju Swain of Orissa trounced Pritam Das of Meghalaya in a hard fought contest. But, Swain a silver medallist at the 1st Sub-Junior National Championship at Kolkata last year was made to work hard. In the end though, Swain edged past the Meghalaya lad with a 9:8 victory on points. Moin Khan of Chhattisgarh also a silver medallist at the 1st edition of the championship made his way to the next round with a thumping win over Basant Rai of Sikkim. Dipender Singh of Himachal Pradesh upset S Dillibabu of Tamil Nadu, a bronze medal winner at the last year?s championship to secure his place in the next round.
In the 44 kilogram weight category of the same age group, reigning sub-junior national champion Chitranand Yerinnti powered through to the next round with a steller performance against Hitesh Thakur of Himachal. Yerinnti?s craft of the sport was clearly on display as he defeated Thakur 8:1 on points. Emmanuel Jacob Hall of Tamil Nadu and Mahendra Singh Bhadoria of Madhya Pradesh also qualified to the next round drubbing their respective opponents.
In the 40 Kg category of the 14 year old boys, Alok Debbarama of Karnataka caused a major upset as he defeated Rahul Rajak of West Bengal, a gold medallist at the Sub-Junior national championship last year. Rajak seemed out of sorts against Debbarama, who took complete advantage of his bad form. The bronze medal winner at the 1st Sub-Junior national championship, advanced to the next round with a 12:4 victory over the reigning national champion.
In the same weight category A Vikash, a runners up at last year?s championship, inched closer to improving his national record with a stunning triumph over Md. Danish Raza of Bihar. The Chhattisgarh lad who was down two points after the first round action came back strongly in the second and third to move to the next round of the contest.
The event is being organised by the Meghalaya Amateur Boxing Association under the aegis of Indian Boxing Federation. Mr Larry Kharpran, Organising Secretary, of the event believes this is the first step of the ladder in every boxer?s career and helps in the overall development of the sportsman, ?The sub-junior national championship is where raw talent is recognized and transformed into professional athletes. This is where we consolidate the future of the sport as the competition aids in building our bank of boxers?.
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