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Dinesh beats Jasveer in thriller

Y.B. Sarangi

Vikas Krishan declared best boxer of the championship

– Photo: Sandeep Saxena

EXULTANT:Dinesh Kumar walked away with gold in the 81kg category after a tough fight against Jasveer.

NEW DELHI: In a fascinating battle of equals, World Cup medallist and Commonwealth champion Dinesh Kumar beat former National champion Jasveer to regain the 81kg title in the 57th Sahara National boxing championship at the Talkatora Stadium here on Friday.

There was hardly any difference between Dinesh and Jasveer as both the boxers, knowing each other well, were circumspect to start with. Jasveer took the first point through a left hook and went into the first break with the lead.

Dinesh retaliated in the second round to garner three points, while Jasveer made the mistake of being too cautious and trailed 2-3. Tied at 4-4 during the last round, Dinesh managed to deliver a decisive uppercut and walk away with the top honour.

“In the past, we have boxed with each other a few times and both have tasted success. This was a thrilling contest as nobody wanted to concede points on counterattacks,” Dinesh said.

Jasveer agreed with Dinesh's views. “I did not realize that I was trailing by a point in the last round,” he said.

Narrow win

Madan Lal managed a narrow win over Sanjay Singh in the 52kg gold medal clash. The two were locked 5-5 following the completion of three rounds. After the jury found that the individual scores were also tied at 10-10, it declared Madan as the winner on the basis of judges' decision (4-1).

Youth World champion Vikas Krishan (60kg) came back from behind to display another clinical performance and beat last year's gold medallist Vikas Malik 3-1 for his maiden National title. He was declared the ‘Best Boxer' of the championship.

Chhote Lal (56kg) outsmarted the experienced S. Suresh 8-2 to bag his third consecutive gold. Kuldeep Singh (75kg) was another pugilist to make it three-in-row.

Crowd favourite Dilbagh Singh (69kg) did not get a proper chance to show his skills before claiming his ninth gold medal. He got a walkover after his opponent, also his namesake, withdrew because of a wrist injury.

Authoritative

Paramjeet Samota put up an authoritative performance to outpunch Hardeep Singh 11-5 and continue his stranglehold on the super heavyweight title. Samota ruthlessly delivered a flurry of power-packed punches to leave his rival baffled.

However, the entertaining bout had its moments of disappointment for the spectators as Hardeep's headgear went off several times forcing the contest to be halted again and again.

Railways, which won four gold medals, retained its team championship, while Haryana, with three gold medlas, toppled Services (two titles) for the second spot.

The results: Finals: 49kg: Sunil Kumar (Har) bt Vipin Kumar (UP) 7-0; 52kg: Madan Lal (Har) bt Sanjay Singh (RSPB) 5-5 (indiv. scores 10-10, judges's decision 4-1); 56kg: Chhote Lal (SSCB) bt S. Suresh (AIP) 8-2; 60kg: Vikas Krishan (Har) bt Vikas Maik (IBF) 3-1; 64kg: V. Santosh Kumar (SSCB) bt Jitender Mann (Del) 9-1; 69kg: Dilbagh Singh (RSPB) w.o. Dilbag Singh (Del); 75kg: Kuldeep Singh (RSPB) bt Kulwant Singh (SSCB) 15-3; 81kg: Dinesh (AIP) bt Jasveer (RSPB) 5-4; 91kg: Praveen Kumar (RSPB) bt Narender (Del) 1-0; +91kg: Paramjeet Samota (RSPB) bt Hardeep Singh (SSCB) 11-5.

Team championship: 1. Railways (49 points); 2. Haryana (36 points); 3. Services (34 points); Best Boxer: Vikas Krishan; Best Loser: Manpreet Singh .

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