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Sangram Singh faces Kevin Radford in first KD Jadhav International Wrestling

Sangram Singh will take on American Kevin Radford in a feature bout at the KD Jadhav Memorial International Wrestling Championship

other sports Updated: Sep 14, 2017 19:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Sangram Singh,Kevin Radford,KD Jadhav International Wrestling
Sangram Singh (third left) and Kevin Radford (second left) during their face-off ahead of the KD Jadhav Memorial International Wrestling Championship.(HT Photo)

Sangram Singh will again be in action after a year-long gap. The occasion is special this time as the world pro champions will face American Kevin Radford in the first KD Jadhav Memorial International Wrestling Championship.

Sangram will take on Radford in the feature bout of the night at the Talkatora Stadium on Friday.

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Sangram was brimming with confidence on the eve of his fight. “I have worked hard for this bout and have even lost eight kilos. I have been eagerly waiting for this day and I am sure Kevin, despite his stamina and speed, will stand no chance in front of my capabilities,” Sangram said during the face-off.

The US wrestler, however, was not intimidated by Sangram’s brashness. He insisted that he would give a fitting reply. He conceded that he was not as experienced as Sangram but he said that he had a plan to overpower him.

“I don’t believe in watching videos of my opponents. But I’m young and quick and I’m positive about surprising him with a few tricks of my own,” Kevin said.

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The fight night will have a different format and will have six rounds of three minutes each to decide the winner and the fight will be taking place in the ring with an elevated mat.

The first bout will feature Pratik Bhakt against Sanjay Deswal; in the second, student Olympic Game gold medalist Labhanshu Rishikesh will take on Om Prakash while Shepal Yadav will be up against Sachin Attri in the third. The only women’s bout in this one-day championship will star Ekta against Akanksha.

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The Championship is being organised to pay tribute to wrestler KD Jadhav, India’s first individual Olympic medalist.

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 19:33 IST