Akhil wins second pro fight, remains unbeaten in circuit

The 35-year-old Akhil got the better of Tanzania’s Sadiki Momba in the very first round of what was to be a six-round super lightweight (63.5kg) contest.

Akhil Kumar won his second successive bout on Saturday. (File photo)   -  Sandeep Saxena

Seasoned Indian boxer Akhil Kumar kept his unbeaten professional record intact, scoring a Technical Knockout over Tanzanian Sadiki Momba in his second bout, here today.

Competing under the aegis of a new promoter in Hope and Glory Boxing, in association with the World Boxing Council (WBC), the 35-year-old Akhil got the better of Momba in the very first round of what was to be a six-round super lightweight (63.5kg) contest.

The former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist left his rival with a bloodied face, forcing an early end to the proceedings. “He was bending too much and perhaps that is why he got hit so badly by the uppercut. It got over too early but a win is a win, I will take it,” Akhil told PTI after his bout.

Also winning on the six-bout fight-card tonight was Beijing Olympics quarterfinalist Jitender Kumar (lightweight, 61.2kg).

He got the better of Georgian Dato Nanava. Jitender was also competing in just his second professional bout and maintained his unbeaten record.

In the WBC title fight, India’s Brijesh Kumar Meena notched up a victory over Dennis Padua of Philippines, defeating him in the eighth round.

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