On a day when last time silver medalist Chandigarh’s Neeraj Kumar lost a close bout in the semifinals in the 60 Kg category,another Chandigarh boxer Kailash Gill gave Chandigarh some reason to cheer for when he ended the challenge of Punjab’s Gurvinder Pal Singh to storm into the final of the 75 Kg category on the penultimate day of 45th national Junior Boxing Championship being played at Punjabi University,Patiala.
Playing in the red corner,Gill dominated the proceedings right from the start and did not give much chances to Gurvinder. The United Club boxer played with confidence and dealt in straight and counter punches. The Chandigarh lad was leading by 4-1 at the first round before racing to a 8-2 lead in the second round. It’s a huge win for me. Playing in the semis of the national championship itself is a huge achievement and I did not want to spoil this chance. Gurvinder was playing with straight punches initially and I countered him initially. I wanted to make a lead in the first round as it gives one a huge advantage and I am glad that I won by ten points. Wednesday will be a huge day for me and I am prepared for the final, shared Gill,who will now face Naveen Kumar of Bihar in the final. If Gill’s semi-final win was something to cheer for the Chandigarh team,the defeat of National Junior Championship silver medalist Neeraj Kumar dented Chandigarh hopes of having more than one boxer in the finals of the championship. The youngster lost 12-13 to Orissa’s Sunil Kumar in the 60 Kg category in the semifinal stage.
It’s disappointing for me. My preparation was above par this season and I expected myself to at least reach the finals. It was a close decision for me as I failed to narrow the two-point lead in the second round. Sunil took advantage of the lead and did not give me many chances to score in the last round. I am happy for Kailash who has made all of us proud by marching into the finals, said the SD Public School pugilist. Earlier,the day started on a bad note for Chandigarh,as Anand lost by 5-13 margin to Pl Prasad of SCSB.
Good day for Haryana
Continuing their fine form in the tournament,Haryana pugilists kept the state’s flag high in the tournament. Aman Indora of Haryana sailed into the semi-final stage in the 56 Kg category with a 16-12 win over Abhay Singh Mann of SCSB. Indora will now face Mohammed Hussain Udin of Andhra Pradesh. Another Haryana manjeet Singh Phangal moved into the finals in the 69 Kg category with a 13-2 win over Vishnu of Karnataka.