Kapil and Sparsh crash out of Asian Elite Boxing Championships
New Delhi, November 4, 2022
The Indian campaign suffered a bit of reversal as Kapil Pokhariya and Sparsh Kumar bowed out of the Asian Elite Boxing Championships after losing their respective Round-of-16 bouts in Amman, Jordan on Thursday.
Kapil (86 kg), who was making his international debut, was up against Iran’s Pouria Amiri. The boxer from Uttarakhand started the bout in attacking fashion and dominated his opponent to comfortably win the first round.
His Iranian opponent showed his experience and came back strongly in the second round with a flurry of relentless punches. Kapil tried to counter-attack but conceded a lot of punches in the process. Pouria continued to control the bout against a tired Kapil and secured a comfortable 5-0 win.
Late on Wednesday night, Sparsh (51kg) went down fighting and lost the bout 1-4 against the Olympic bronze medallist and reigning World Champion Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan.
Woman pugilist Savita (50kg) is slated to take on Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Tsukimi Namiki of Japan in the pre-quarter-final bout.
Five Indian men boxers, including five-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63.5kg), will be in action on Friday. The other four boxers who will take the ring are Ananta Chopade (54kg), Etash Khan (60kg), Amit Kumar (67kg) and Sachin (71kg). All of them will be playing in the pre-quarter-final bouts.
The competition is witnessing the participation of 267 boxers from 27 top boxing nations.
Men: Govind Sahani (48kg), Sparsh Kumar (51kg), Ananta Chopade (54kg), Md. Hussamuddin (57kg), Etash Khan (60kg), Shiva Thapa (63.5kg), Amit Kumar (67kg), Sachin (71kg), Sumit (75kg), Lakshya (80kg), Kapil (86kg), Naveen (92kg), Narender (+92kg).
Women: Monika (48kg), Savita (50kg), Minakshi (52kg), Sakshi (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Simranjit (60kg), Parveen (63kg), Ankushita Boro (66kg), Pooja (70kg), Lovlina Borgohain (75kg), Saweety (81kg), Alfiya Pathan (+81kg).