Professional boxing has its own allure, but being the most sought-after pugilist in a junior boxing tournament is no mean feat either. Flyweight Jeevan Singh managed just that on Thursday at the B.D. Chandiwala national junior boxing championship here on Thursday.
The pint-sized pugilist from Imphal left an indelible mark on his critics, as well as many on the face of his hapless opponent, Mohd Shaikh of Uttaranchal as he destroyed him in just two rounds. Jeevan was quick with his fists and landed telling blows throughout the bout.
With the preceding six bouts failing to excite the spectators too much, Jeevan’s exploits in the ring made the match the bout of the day. Jeevan’s blitzkrieg forced the referee to stop the contest early, and it ended in an extensive medical examination of his opponent.
“I’m not too happy with the way I boxed as I was expecting to do much better today,” said Jeevan after the bout.
That fight set the tone for the rest of the day. Maharashtra’s Vijay Ramesh Rao and Rajasthan’s Deepak were locked in a fierce battle soon after in another flyweight battle, with the former triumphing 24-22.
It was a day of mixed fortunes for the Assam Rifles boxers. While Prakash and Thapa won with ease, Bomcha and K. Meitie lost their bouts. Bomcha nearly fought back from the brink against Haryana’s Bojras, who held on to win 32-24.
Delhi started badly when light-flyweight Vivek was easily tamed by Madhya Pradesh’s Jitender 23-13. However, bantamweight Akshay gave his teammates something to cheer about, winning his fight against Uttar Pradesh’s Sanjay.