Monday turned out to be a field day for the pugilists representing Bhiwani boxing club as four of them won gold in the BD Chandiwala junior national boxing championship here.
However, the much-awaited bout between local favourite Jeevan Singh and Sunil Sharma in the flyweight category turned out to be a damp squib. Jeevan proved too strong for the boxer from Services.
Jeevan didn’t allow himself to get carried away by the occasion and went about the task of demolishing his opponent with precision.
In the second round, Jeevan went hammer and tongs at Sunil and the referee was forced to stop the contest. Sunil could not recover from the flurry of blows he received from Jeevan.
“It wasn’t the hardest of bouts. Now I’m looking forward to performing well in the YMCA international meet later this month,” said Jeevan.
Jeevan’s coach, in Chandiwala institute, Manoj Kumar felt that his ward has a bright future in the sport.
“This is just the beginning, I am sure he will go a long way. He is very confident and has got what it takes to be a good boxer,” Kumar said.
Other highlights of the day were the bouts that featured pugilists from Bhiwani. While heavyweight Naresh Kumar thrashed Gurjant Singh of Services, Delhi's Sandeep met his nemesis in Baljeet in the super heavyweight category.
Displaying great speed, defence and punching, they beat their opponents fair and square.
Coach Jagdish Singh credited the success of his boys to the strict fitness regimen and the rigorous physical training they are put through.
“Our boxers are very skilled and the drills they go through make them physically strong compared to other boxers. I think that’s where our boxers have always enjoyed an edge,” said a beaming Jagdish.
The day had its share of drama too. In between bouts, some of the boxers were seen hollering abuses at the organisers accusing them of being partial. They felt the scorers were favouring the home team.