Sarjubala through to quarters, Manoj bows out of Asian Games boxing

Sarjubala defeated Tajikistan’s Madina Ghaforova while Manoj Kumar was outwitted by Abdurakhamanov.

Sarjubala, competing in the flyweight 51kg category, defeated Tajikistan’s Madina Ghaforova 5-0 in a gruelling bout. (File Picture)   -  Y.B. Sarangi

Former world silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi advanced to the quarterfinals but veteran Manoj Kumar was ousted in the second round of the Asian Games boxing competition here on Sunday.

Sarjubala, competing in the flyweight 51kg category, defeated Tajikistan’s Madina Ghaforova 5-0 in a gruelling bout.

However, Manoj went out in the round of 16 after being bested by Kyrgyzstan’s Abdurakhman Abdurakhamanov in the welterweight 69kg category.

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Sarjubala, the reigning national champion, was up against a sprightly opponent and took a while to find her bearings in the bout.

The diminutive Manipuri, after being rattled in the opening three minutes, came back strongly in the next two, hitting straight and  hard to get the judges’ unanimous nod.

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Manoj falters

Earlier, two-time Commonwealth Games medallist Manoj was outwitted by Abdurakhamanov in both ring-craft and precision.

The Indian’s punches lacked in power and he also struggled to find his way through Abdurakhamanov’s shell guard in the first two rounds.

Although the Kyrgyz boxer dropped his guard in the final three minutes, his aggressive approach helped him come out trumps.