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North Zone Bags Inter-Zonal Title at Jaipur

The finals of the 6th Inter Zonal Men's National Boxing Championship, presented by Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited and it was a day of high flying action with top pugilists from the domestic circuit battling it out to be crowned ‘Zonal National Champions’. The tournament with its unique format of inter zonal competition has become a premier boxing event in the country and provides a platform for the budding stars to make a mark in the national arena. The sixth edition of the championship being played at the ‘Pink City’ in Rajasthan is being organised by the Rajasthan Amateur Boxing Association under the aegis of Indian Amateur Boxing Federation.

The title clash in the light fly weight division proved to be an awe-inspiring contest with Salman Anwar Shaikh of the West Zone and Bahadur Singh Rana of the Central Zone going at it with all guns blazing; in a see-saw contest both the fighters kept attacking relentlessly. Shaikh took a one point lead after the opening three minutes of play (6:5), but Rana quickly levelled the scores by the end of the second round (10:10).  There was not much separating the two boxers in the final round as well. After nine minutes of regulation time the score were knotted at 13. Ultimately it was experience that prevailed over youth as Shaikh went on to claim the yellow metal. He won 48-41 on count back. For Rana – the upcoming boxing from Uttrakand, it was a well deserved silver medal win and a performance that is bound to catapult the 19 year old into national recognition.

It was another fight to the finish in the championship round of the fly weight class. Sumit Kumar representing the North Zone took on Western Zone boxers Vijay Dobale. Kumar the North India Zonal Champion took the first round with a crucial one point lead (5:4). But Dobale, with his accurate short jabs, came back strongly in the second round and nosed ahead at 8:7. In the final three minutes, a resurgent Kumar gained back the advantage with his hard hitting body blows; he finally won his first senior gold medal with an 11:10 victory on points.

Rohit Tokas of Delhi, playing for the Central Zone clinched the Inter Zonal title in the light weight class. Up against Pappu Tamang of the East Zone, the reigning Youth National Champions was made to work hard but in the end won the gold with a 13:9 victory. Rahul of the Central Zone drubbed local lad Sunny Dhayal 14:11 to take the welter weight zonal title. Recently crowned North India boxing champion, Naveen Kumar of Haryana, playing for the North Zone, hammered Rajasthan boxer Hari Singh in a one sided contest to win the heavy weight gold medal.

North Zone bagged the top honours with 5 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronze, closely followed by Central Zone who won 4 gold medals, 1 silver and two bronze.


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