HISAR: bronze medalist at the world championships Manish Kaushik and the Railways duo Toka Rohit and sachine put up sensational displays to start their campaign on a winning note in the National Boxing Championships Saturday.
Kaushik (63.5 kg) faced Prabhat Diwedi of Madhya Pradesh and living up to his name, he did light work on his opponent.
He was on his feet from the start and after dominating the first two rounds, the fight came to an end after the referee stopped the contest (RSC) near the end of the third round.
Kaushik will face Andhra Pradesh’s Sandeep Doni in the round of 16 on Tuesday.
Birmingham Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Tokas (67kg) faced Rahul of Uttarakhand in his first match. Being at his attacking best, Tokas, representing the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), overpowered his opponent using his quick movement to dodge attacks and his strength to land precise blows.
He won the fight 5-0 by unanimous decision and will be in the round of 16 on Monday.
Similar to Tokas, Sachin (57kg) put in a stunning performance to win 5-0 against Raman Sharma of Dadra and Nagar Haveli Daman and Diu. The 2016 Junior World Champion was at the top of his game and barely gave his opponent a chance to come back throughout the fight.
He will face Haryana’s Neeraj in the round of 16 on Monday.
Reigning Asian Championships bronze medalist Govind (48kg) was beaten by Jenish Patel of Gujarat. The Thailand Open champion will face Mansingh of Jammu and Kashmir in his round of 16 on Tuesday.
Priyandhu Dabas (54kg) of Haryana recorded a decisive win over Prakash Singh of Chhattisgarh with the fight ending after the referee stopped the fight in the first round.
Six-time Asian medalist Shiva Thapa, who represents Assam, will start his campaign from the round of 16 after earning a bye in the first round. He will face Delhi’s Jaswinder Singh on Monday.
Similar to Thapa, the Service Sports Control Board (SSCB) duo of Sanjeet and Narender will kick off their campaign from the Round of 16 after receiving a bye in the first round.
A total of 386 boxers from 13 different weight classes compete in the championships.



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