National Boxing Championships: Rohit Tokas, Shiva Thapa make quarters

In his first competition after switching to 75kg, Rohit Tokas, the 64kg champion last year, beat Vanhlimpuia of Services 4-1 on Monday.

Rohit Tokas of Railways at the National boxing championships in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, on Monday.   -  Y. B. Sarangi

Railways man Rohit Tokas gained a lot of self-belief after seeing off a hard-hitting Vanhlimpuia in a fascinating 75kg pre-quaterfinals bout of the National boxing championships at the Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technology here on Monday.

In his first competition after switching to 75kg, Tokas – the 64kg champion last year – presented a fine harmony of his natural power and smart thinking as he posted a 4-1 victory over Vanhlimpuia, a two-time silver medallist, in one of the three keenly-contested fights between traditional rivals Railways and Services.

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Tokas, who needed around three months to regain fitness after suffering a knee injury during the India Open tournament in May, took his time to get a hang of Vanhlimpuia’s game. His beautiful combination of punches, followed by a couple of solid rights on the Navy man’s face, enabled him to be in control in the second round. He maintained an upper hand in the third to put the issue beyond doubt.

Tokas will face home challenger Ashish Kumar, who represented the country in the World championships in Ekaterinburg last month, in the quarterfinals.

“As I did not know about Vanhlimpuia’s game, I used the first round to understand how much power he generates,” said Tokas.

“Hopefully, I will settle in this weight sooner than later. My body weight is around 72-73kg. Others reduce weight to fit into this category, but I don’t need to do that. I have to gain more strength to be more effective.”

Last year’s silver medallist Dinesh Dagar of Railways paid the price for his rush of blood as he got hit by the booming punches of Services’ Naveen Boora  early in a 69kg bout and lost 5-0.

Young Services boxer Vinod Tanwar displayed his excellent counterattacks to edge past an experienced Neeraj Swami of Delhi 4-1 in a free-flowing 49kg fight, which was interrupted by a commotion over the late arrival of some medical equipment.

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The biggest star of the event, World championships medallist Shiva Thapa, beat Hitesh Kumar of Daman and Diu 5-0 in a 63kg bout.

OTHER IMPORTANT RESULTS (PRE-QUARTERFINALS):

49kg: Sonu Dhull (RSPB) bt Vipin Kumar (Chd) 5-0; Ajay Pendor (Mah) bt Amrit Lal Satnami (MP) 5-0.

52kg: Asish Insha (RSPB) bt Akhil Raj (Bih) 5-0; P.L. Prasad (SSCB) bt Rahul Niltu (HP) 5-0.

57kg: Mohd. Hussamuddin (SSCB) bt Pawan Gurung (Utk) 5-0; Roshan Sain (Raj) bt Harender Singh (MP) 3-2; Sachin Siwach (RSPB) bt P. Appalaraju (AP) 5-0.

60kg: Varinder Singh (RSPB) bt Esski Muthu (TN) 5-0; Rohit Chavan (Mah) bt Myson Moirangthem (Man) 4-1; Durga Rao (SSCB) bt Shubham (Chd) 5-0.

63kg: Vanlalawmpuia (Miz) bt Jimil Thomas (Ker) 4-1; Ankush Dahiya (RSPB) bt Yash Goud (Mah) 5-0; Akash Sangwan (SSCB) bt Avinash Chauhan (Raj) 5-0.

69kg: Pawan Kumar (HAr) bt Aman Bahadur (Ben) 5-0; Parmod Kumar (AIP) bt Z.Fanai (Miz) 5-0.

75kg: Buntee Singh (Del) bt Nishant Singh (Bih) 5-0; Ashish Kumar (HP) bt Rohan Khurpia (MP) 5-0.

81kg: Saurabh Lenekar (Mah) bt Shaksham (HP) 4-1; Manish Panwar (RSPB) bt Sanjay (Har) 5-0; Sachin Kumar (SSCB) bt Tarun (UP) 5-0.

91kg: Naman Tanwar (RSPB) bt Naseeb (Del) 5-0; Sumit Sangwan (Har) bt Harshpreet Sahrawat (UP) 5-0.

+91kg: Sagar (Chd) bt Kanwarpreet Singh (Pun) 3-2; Nagesh Patil (Kar) bt Abhishek Singh (Jha) RSC-R2.