Natl Boxing C'ship: Shiva Thapa suffers injury scare; qualifies for semis

World championship medallist Shiva Thapa suffered a head injury even as he won his quarterfinal bout against Ashok of All India Police and secured a place in the 60kg semifinals at the Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium, Sarusajai, here on Sunday.

Shiva Thapa had to be rushed to the hospital due to his head injury.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

World championship medallist Shiva Thapa suffered a head injury even as he won his quarterfinal bout against Ashok of All India Police and secured a place in the 60kg semifinals at the Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium, Sarusajai, here on Sunday.

There were doubts whether Shiva would be fit to take the ring in his semifinal contest against Vijay Kumar of Punjab. Dominating the fight, Shiva delivered a massive right to floor Ashok and then land a few more in the opening round.

Ashok attacked in the next round but Shiva replied well, mixing his combinations and uppercut, to fell the policeman again. Shiva received an injury on his forehead and bled profusely towards the end of the second round and expressed his unhappiness before being attended by the ringside doctor.

As the referee allowed the bout to continue, Ashok targetted Shiva’s face. The latter stayed out of the his opponent's reach to assure himself of at least a bronze medal.

Shiva, who won the contest on unanimous decision, was rushed to the hospital after being given first aid. According to his team members, the injury was the result of a “head-butt.”

On a day that witnessed dramatic scenes, two losing boxers expressed their displeasure inside the ring. Railways' Vikas Malik beat Durga Rao 4-1 in a keenly-fought 60kg bout. The jury took several minutes to announce the decision. The outcome left the Andhra boxer utterly disappointed.

Showing sportsman spirit, Vikas lifted Durga with a smile and left him at his corner. Later, Durga said, “I think the result was not fair. There is no provision to lodge a protest,” said Durga.

In a 64kg bout, Ashish of Haryana was the aggrieved boxer after losing 2-3 to Railways' Rohit. He stayed put in the ring before being chaired by his team mates.

According to the Boxing Federation of India officials, since scores were tied in both the bouts the judges were asked to nominate their a boxer following which the winners were decided.

The results (quarterfinals):

49kg: Akshay (Mah) bt Vipin Kumar (Chd) RSC, Shyam Kumar (RSPB) bt Neeraj (Del) 5-0, Amit (Har) bt V. Jyoti Swaroop (AP) 5-0, Bahadur Rana (SSCB) bt Lalbikkiama (Miz) RSC.

52kg: Devendro Singh (Man) bt Niraj (Har) 3-2, Ananta Chopre (Mah) bt Akash Singh (Cht) 4-1, Laldinmawia (Miz) bt Rahul (HP) 4-1, Deepak Singh (Chd) bt Kavinder Singh w.o.

56kg: Mohd. Hussamuddin (SSCB) bt Buntee Singh (Del) 5-0, Sheran Sandhu (Utk) bt Shashi Kant (Mah) 3-2, Gidi Venkata (AP) bt Hitesh Chd) RSC, Akshay (Har) bt Ram Singh (UP) 5-0.

60kg: Shiva Thapa (Asm) bt Ashok (AIP) 5-0, Vijay Kumar (Pun) bt Sunil Kumar (Bih) 4-1, Vikas Malik (RSPB) bt Durga Rao (AP) 4-1, Ankush (Har) bt Suraj Singh (Cht) 5-0.

64kg: Sandeep (AIP) bt Prasadulla (AP) 5-0, Rohit (RSPB) bt Ashish (Har) 3-2, Roshan Singh (Man) bt Yogesh (Del) 5-0, Thomans Meitei (SSCB) bt Kalicharan (Mah) 5-0.

69kg: Ankush Hudda (Chd) bt Andy Chauha (Miz) 5-0, Manoj Kumar (RSPB) bt Ashish (JK) 4-1, Prayag Chavhan (Del) bt Manish (MP) 4-1, Duryodhan Singh (SSCB) bt Johjson Singh (Man) 5-0.

75kg: Venhlimpuia (Miz) bt Aditya Mann (Har) 4-1, Sumit Kumar (Utk) bt Prabagaran (Pud) RSC, Jaideep (SSCB) bt Nilkamal Singh (del) 4-1.

81kg: Manish Panwar (RSPB) bt Vivek (Kar) RSC, Devanshu Jaiswal (SSCB) bt Jay Saxena (Utk) 5-0, Geetanand (HP) bt Brijesh Yadav (Raj) 4-1, Rahul (MP) bt Zarzoliana (Miz) 3-2.

91kg: Virender Kumar (HP) bt K.P. Singh (Pun) 4-1, Dinesh Kumar (AIP) bt Abhishek (Del) KO, Gaurav (MP) bt Jasveer Singh (RSPB) RSC, Sanjeet (SSCB) bt Deepak (Asm) RSC.

+91kg: Satish Kumar (SSCB) bt Ajit Negi (Utk) 5-0, Akash (Del) bt vekuzo (Nag) 5-0, Parveen Kumar (Har) bt Nitish (Chd) 5-0, Amritpreet Singh (RSPB) bt Samrat Ingle (Mah) 5-0.