Sunday turned out to be a good day for the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) in the 57 Senior Men’s National Boxing Championship. Three of their boxers won their bouts to move into the next round.
The SSCB’s good run was pioneered by Suranjay Singh in the flyweight category as he got the better of his opponent, N Shaikinnaoya of Karnataka, in a one-sided affair with a 7-0 scoreline.
In the welterweight category, Jai Singh Patil (SSCB) was up against Amit Karki of Jharkhand.
Patil attacked from the word go and didn’t give his opponent any chance. Karki managed just one punch on target as against four by his opponent to go down 1-4. It was, however, the bout in the bantamweight category between SSCB’s Chote Lal against Kishan of Uttar Pradesh that stamped the authority of the SSCB. Lal raced to a daunting 12-0 lead in the first round itself, demoralising his opponent to an extent that the UP boxer couldn’t put up even a semblance of resistance in the remaining rounds.
Lal kept raining punches in the second round as well. Kishan managed to open his account in this round, but he failed to increase the tally. The third and final round proved a mere formality as the two time national champion found it too easy in the end and won 18-1.
“It was a good outing for me. I hope I continue the good work and win the championship,” said SAF games gold medallist and member of the core group.
Lal’s coach B.B. Mohanty was happy with the performance but said there were still a lot of bouts left to be won.
“Our ultimate target is to finish with as many medals as possible in every weight category. So far it has been good,” said Mohanty.
Lal was also positive about his chances to represent the country in the Commonwealth Games in October. He, however, felt that there should be some gap between tournaments, as boxers needed rest.
“I am working hard for the Commonwealth Games and will join the camp in Patiala after the national championship.
“However, I am a little concerned about not having had a proper rest for the past few days as I have just returned from Rajasthan after taking part in another tournament and am quite tired,” said the 22-year-old.