Shiva Tapa (64kg) and Mohamed Husamudin (56kg) gave India the perfect start to the Asian Boxing Championships, advancing to the quarterfinals with impressive victories here on Monday.
British community bronze medalist Husamudin (56kg) defeated Kazakhstan’s Mahmoud Sabirhan in his opening bout.
Later, Tapa, who is chasing a fifth consecutive medal at the event, managed to win Dmitry Puchin of Kyrgyzstan. Both boxers won 5-0.
Husamudin will have a really hard hit, as he will take over the reigning world and Asian champion Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov from Uzbekistan. Mirzakhalilov is the first seed in the draw and is also the champion’s defender.
Thapa, on the other hand, will face Kuwaiti Nader Odah, who received a first round of bye.
The line of results may suggest otherwise, but Husamudin was in a grueling battle with the 19-year-old Asian youth champion.
The exchange of blows was brutal when the two boxers organized a fun show. However, the Indian turned out to be a better defender than the Kazakh, who relied too much on counterattacks.
Thapa, on the other hand, was not tested too much against Puchinn, who took a long time to strike even his first shot.
The withdrawn approach of the Kyrgyz boxer works well for the former champion, who did not have to try too hard to break through his defense.
Tapa dominated all three rounds of the competition and received a unanimous verdict from the judges.
On Tuesday, Olympic-related Simrandjit Kaur (60kg), Sakshi (54kg), Jasmine (57kg) and Sanjit (91kg) will compete in their respective final 8 stages of the event, co-organized by the Boxing Federation. India (BFI) and the UAE Boxing Federation.
The continental exhibition features 150 pugilists from 17 countries this year, including boxing strengths such as Uzbekistan, the Philippines and Kazakhstan.
India’s best show at the Asian Championships was in the 2019 edition in Bangkok, where the country secured an unprecedented 13 medals, including two gold, four silver and seven bronze.