Asian Boxing Championships: Shiva Thapa secures fifth successive medal

Dubai, May 25

Seasoned Indian boxer Shiva Thapa (64kg) secured his fifth successive medal at the Asian Championships by advancing to the semifinals after out-punching Kuwait’s Nader Odah in the last-eight stage here today.

Thapa prevailed 5-0 in a lop-sided clash to set up a showdown with defending champion and top seed Bakhodur Usmonov of Tajikistan.

Thapa won gold in 2013, bronze in 2015 and 2019, and silver in 2017. He is the most successful Indian boxer in the tournament’s history.

However, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg) went down to Uzbekistan’s reigning world champion Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov in the quarterfinal. The Indian lost 1-4 after giving the top-seeded defending champion quite a fight. Sumit Sangwan (81kg) had lost to Iran’s Meysam Gheslaghi late on Monday night. — PTI

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