National Boxing Championships: Shiva, Devendro win opening bouts

Shiva Thapa, a former World Championships bronze medal winner, sailed past Tripura's Naveen Kumar in his opening bout of the lightweight (60kg) category.

Shiva Thapa  claimed the gold medal for Assam in the last edition of the National Boxing Championships.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

Shiva Thapa and L. Devendro Singh advanced to the second round at the National men's Boxing Championships here on Wednesday.

Shiva, a former World Championships bronze medal winner, sailed past Tripura's Naveen Kumar in his opening bout of the lightweight (60kg) category.

Shiva is representing Assam in the Championships, having claimed the gold medal for the state in the last edition of the event.

Devendro, a Commonwealth Games and Asian Championships silver-medallist, got the better of Arunachal Pradesh's Kumar Beyong in the first round of the flyweight (52kg) category.

The Manipuri, who won a silver medal in the previous edition for his home state, however, sustained a cut above his eye during the bout.

Three-time King's Cup gold-medallist K. Shyam Kumar, competing for the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), defeated H. P. Kumar Meitei of Manipur in the first round of the light flyweight (49kg) division.

Over 300 boxers from 37 states and sports promotion boards are competing in the championships.

RESULTS

49kg: Phurba Sherpa (SKM) beat Nikhil Raj (KER) 4-1; Neeraj Swami (DEL) beat Parveen Kumar (UP) 5-0; Pardeep Sharma (J&K) beat Deepak (SSCB) [K.O.]; Faijan Ansari (GUJ) beat Deepak Kumar (KAR) 4;1; N. T. Lalbiakkima (MIZ) beat Godak Ram (ARU) 5-0; S. Chalapathi (TN) beat Pankaj Saini (AIP) [W.O.]; Karan Rupini (TRI) beat Ram Majhi (ORI) [W.O.]; Harish (HAR) beat Ninesing Kharlor (MEG) 5-0; B. Deepak (TEL) beat Rishi Kumar (RAJ) 5-0; Vipin Kumar (CHD) beat Vinod Kumar (CHT) 5-0; Ramesh Kumar (BIH) beat Thoiba (NAG) 4-1; K. Shyam Kumar (RSPB) beat HP Kumar (MAN) 5-0; Himanshu Sharma (PUN) beat Anup Prasad (GOA) RSC 3rd; K Karthik (AP) beat Shivaji More (MAH) 3-2.

52kg: Laldinwaima (MIZ) beat Umesh Chavan (GOA) (4-0); Gaurav Solanki (SSCB) beat Chetan Singh (RAJ) 5-0; Salman Sheikh (RSPB) beat Anil Rokka (MP) 5-0; Vijay Arora (JHA) beat P. Appala Raju (AP) 5-0; L. Devendra Singh (MAN) beat Kumar Beyong (ARU) 5-0; Vinod Tanwar (HAR) beat Arvind Kumar (UTK) 5-0; Athul raj (KER) beat Kalai Selvan (POND) 4-1; Deepak (CHD) beat Manjit Kr. Shaw (WB) 4-0; Raja Sinha (KAR) beat Aditya Kumar (BIH) WO;

56kg: Joyce (KAR) beat Tahir Shaikh (GUJ); Sukraj Rai (SKM) beat Atul Davas (3-2).