Rohit stuns Hussamuddin, SSCB retains national boxing team championship
New Delhi, September 21, 2021
Delhi’s Rohit Mor stunned defending champion Mohammad Hussamuddin (SSCB) to clinch the gold medal at the 5th Elite Men’s National Boxing Championships at the Inspire Institute of Sports in Bellary, Karnataka on Tuesday.
With a dominating 5-0 defeat over the Commonwealth Games bronze medalist and one of the strong contenders for the title in the 57kg, Rohit also earned himself a spot at the upcoming 2021 AIBA Elite Men’s World Boxing Championships.
The gold medal winners of the National Championships will represent India at the prestigious event which is scheduled in Belgrade, Serbia from October 24 to November 6 ,according to an official press release.
Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) retained the team championship winning 12 medals, including eight gold, three silver, and one bronze. Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) (two gold, two bronze, and three silver) and Delhi (one gold, four bronze) claimed the second and third position respectively.
SSCB's reigning Asian Champion Sanjeet emerged winner in the 92kg as he outclassed Haryana’s Naveen Kumar by a unanimous verdict.
Deepak (51kg), Akash (54kg), Akash (67), Sumit (75kg), Sachin Kumar (80kg), Lakshya (86kg), and Narender (+92kg) were the other SSCB boxers who registered victories in their respective finals and secured gold medals.
Deepak was adjudged Best Boxer of the Championships.
For RSPB, Varinder Singh (60kg) and Govind Sahani (48kg) claimed gold medals with identical unanimous victories. While the 2021 Asian Championships bronze medalist Varinder defeated SSCB’s Etash Khan Muhammed, Govind got the better of Chandigarh’s Kuldeep Kumar.
Meanwhile, Assam’s seassoned boxer Shiva Thapa successfully defended his title as he recorded an easy 5-0 win over Dalveer Singh Tomar of SSCB in 63.5kg.
Karnataka’s Nishant Dev also continued his brilliant run at the championships. He blanked Amit Kumar of Daman, Diu & Nagar Haveli to win the 71kg title.
The championships, which returned after a gap of one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, saw the participation of 35 States/Union Territory units and Boards and close to 400 boxers.
While the gold and silver medalists from each category of the Championships will get direct entry into the national coaching camp, the two bronze medallists will take part in the selection trials where they will compete alongside the boxers representing the second team of top-3 teams of the last National Championships—SSCB, RSPB and Haryana.
The announcement of the remaining two games for the national camp will be made on September 24 on the basis of the results of the selection trials.