Neeraj retains WBC Asia welterweight title

The Indian outlasted his opponent Indonesian Alan Tanada over 12 rounds at the NSCI indoor stadium.

Neeraj Goyat won 119-109, 119-109, 118-110.   -  PTI

Neeraj Goyat retained his WBC Asia welterweight title, outlasting Alan Tanada over 12 rounds at the NSCI indoor stadium. The Indian won 119-109, 119-109, 118-110 for a clear 3-0 verdict against a rival who soaked up blows to the body. It was a good day for Indians as Jitender Kumar tasted victory on his pro debut in the ‘lightweight’ category, a Technical Knockout (TKO) over Thailand’s Thanet Likhitkamporn.

Both Neeraj and Tanada chased the other across the ring. The Indonesian fighter connected a few in the fourth round; Neeraj countered with a couple of firm punches in response.

Akhil Kumar suffered a cut over his left eye on pro debut in junior welterweight class against Ty Gilchrist, who bled in his ear after a first round bust-up. The Indian warmed up for action in the second round against the prowling Aussie, who opted out due to the bleeding.

Wanphichit Siriphana did not remain in the ring after two rounds in the lightweight category. The Thailand fighter walked away clutching his hand after a barrage from Pardeep Kharera. The Indian, named victor after his injured rival was unable to continue, expressed delight at holding his own against an experienced opponent. The multiple-fight show was organised by IOS Boxing Promotions.

Other results

Super Bantamweight: Asad Asif bt Larry Abwarra 3-0 (40-36, 39-37, 39-37).

Lightweight: Kuldeep Dhanda bt Sachin Bhot 3-0 (40-36, 39-37, 39-37).

Cruiserweight: Dharmendra Grewal bt Isaac Slade 3-0 (59-54, 60-53, 59-54).

Welterweight: Pardeep Kharera bt Wanphichit Siriphana TKO.

Lightweight: Jitender Kumar bt Thanet Likhitkamporn TKO.

Junior Welterweight: Akhil Kumar bt Ty Gilchrist TKO.

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