Thapa, Hussamuddin clinch gold medals as Services defend crown at national boxing | Boxing News

HISAR: Favorites Shiva Thapa and Mohammad Hussamuddin propelled to remarkable victories and gold medals in the respective weight classes in men National Boxing Championships friday.
Defending Champions Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) topped the standings with 10 medals.
Thapa of Assam, a record-breaking six-time Asian medalist, had a pretty comfortable day in the office beating the bronze medalist from the 2021 World Junior Championships Ankit Narwhal of Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) to win by unanimous decision in the 63.5kg final.
But SSCB pugilist Hussamuddin had to work hard to beat 2016 RSPB world junior champion Sachin in the 57kg final.
After suffering a loss in last year’s final, the two-time Commonwealth Games bronze medalist showed brilliant tenacity to emerge victorious Friday with a 4-1 scoreline.
Narender (+92), bronze medalist at the 2022 Asian Championships, received an upset in his last fight against 2022 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Sagar, who was unable to participate in the contest due to a minor injury.
Alongside Hussamuddin and Narender, the SSCB boxers stole the show on the final day of the tournament as the team successfully defended their crown with a total of six golds, one silver and three bronze.
Bishwamitra Chongtham (51 kg), Sachin (54 kg), Akash (67 kg) and Sumit (75 kg) were the other team gold medalists.
RSPB, with two golds, three silvers and two bronzes, and Punjab – one gold, two silvers and six bronzes – took second and third place respectively.
Indigenous boxers Abhimanyu Loura (80kg) and Naveen Kumar (92kg) capped off their brilliant campaigns with hard-fought victories that earned them gold in their respective categories.
Abhimanyu, who recorded a stunning victory over Tokyo Olympian Ashish Kumar in the quarter-finals, replicated his grit and confidence in the final bout against Sahil of Chandigarh.
The 2019 Asian Youth Championships bronze medalist faced stiff competition from his opponent but used his technical ability and dynamic attacking prowess to seal a 4-1 win.
Naveen, meanwhile, faced SSCB’s 2021 Asian champion Sanjeet in what was a repeat of last year’s competition final, where the latter prevailed.
However, Naveen made sure that was not the case this year as he edged past his opponent to secure a memorable 4-1 win in a thrilling encounter.
2022 Asian Championships bronze medalist Govind Sahani (48kg) and 2021 Asian bronze medalist Varinder Singh (60kg) defended their titles and won gold for the RSPB.
While Govind beat Keisham Singh of Manipur with a 5-0 margin, Varinder won against Vijay Kumar of Punjab with the same scoreline.
Kartik of Punjab (86kg) and Nishant Dev of Karnataka (71kg) also won gold medals in their respective categories at the prestigious tournament, which saw the participation of 386 boxers in 13 weight categories.


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