Mandeep Jangra defeated Haerheng Wulepaer, of China Dragons, to register his first ever win in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) format and guide the India Tigers to second consecutive victory, here. The Indian Tigers emerged 4-1 victorious, at the National Boxing Academy, here.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games (CWG) silver medallist, Mandeep (75 kg), looked in ferocious form, as he set off from the word go and looked to finish his opponent off, early on. He nonchalantly kept landing his powerful punches, as the Chinese tried to step up to his pace.
It was sheer power from Mandeep, as he dominated the proceedings, whereas the Chinese had no answers, except to lock his arm, for which he was even warned. The Indian kept on attacking, giving no respite to the Chinese and eventually won 3:0.
Earlier, Mohammad Etash Khan walloped Boxiang Zhu, by a unanimous decision, to hand the Tigers an unassailable 3-1 lead, in its encounter against China Dragons.
In the high-intensity bantamweight clash, Khan lived up to his favourite tag and brushed aside his opponent, rather easily, to ensure a second consecutive win for the Tigers.
The 19-year-old pugilist from Manipur, who came into the contest with the host leading 2:1, moved around the ring, intentionally, keeping a nearly impregnable defence and landing his punches, which made the Chinese bite the dust, in the first round.
Khan looked a class-apart and connected almost everything that he threw at his opponent, to leave him battered and bruised, in the middle of the squared ring.
In the WSB opener, against the Dragons, three-time King’s Cup gold medallist, Shyam Kumar (49 kg), exuded confidence, while entering the ring.
However, Shyam did not have the best of starts, as the Chinese landed a few quick jabs on him. However, he tried to take advantage of his reach and bomb Wu with his vicious hooks and uppercuts, while keeping a safe distance.
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With the Chinese Dragons missing a member in the 91 kg category and Qi (64 kg) falling sick before the clash, the Indian Tigers had a comfortable 2-0 lead, even before the clash started.
Nevertheless, Wu was up to the task and closed in on the Indian, to keep landing his combinations and kept him on his toes. Even after a valiant show, inside the ring, by Shyam, the Chinese Dragons’ Wu landed cleaner punches and won the bout, via a split decision.
The Indian Tigers will take on China Dragons, in an away clash, on April 27, and if it continues to dazzle, it will cement its place into the play-off rounds.
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