Diwakar Prasad, Harpal Singh advance to boxing semis
Diwakar Prasad and Harpal Singh have progressed into the semifinals of their respective boxing events in the inaugural Afro-Asian games here on Monday.
Prasad, a bantam weight bronze medalist in both Commonwealth Championship and the Junior World Championship this year, outclassed Kasina David Munyasia of Kenya before ther referee stopped the contest in the third round.
Prasad, however, faces an uphill task in the semifinals where he faces Kim Il Won of Korea. The Busan Asian Games gold medalist had a walk over when his opponent Elongo Tasumba of Congo failed to turn up for the bout.
The other semifinal in the bantam weight will be between Gamo Ferdie of Philippines and Uzbek Sooltonov Bahodirjon.
Harpal Singh, another bronze medalist at Asian Championship last year in the super heavy weight catergory, also won with referee stopping the contest against B Manuel Gregorio Capito of Angola.
National welter weight champion Dilbag Singh, however, bore the unwanted tag of the lone Indian loser. Dilbag Singh, known for his aggressive approaches, lost on points (17-26) to African Games gold medallist Meskine Benamar of Algeria.
In the other welter weight quarterfinal matches, Asian Games champion Loo Kim Jung scored over Chibuye ERllis of Zambia 20-17 and Kazakhstan's Artaev Bakhtiyar defeated Mosolesa Tsle (Les) 17-15.
With three others getting a bye into the semifinals of Heavy weight category, Mihayilov Sergey of Uzbekistan, filled the fourth slot with an authoritative 28-10 win over Eleftheriou Apostolos of South Africa.