Vishwanath, Raman enter Asian Jr C’ships semifinal

Amman (Jordan), March 7 : Indian boxers Vishwanath Suresh and Raman confirmed medal after cruising into the youth men’s semifinals at the ASBC Asian Youth and J or Boxing Championships here on Monday. Vishwanath got better of Tajikistan’s Meroj Zoidov by a split 4-1 decision in the 48kg quarter-finals to secure his second successive medal at the prestigious continental championships. On the other hand, Raman (51kg) also confirmed a medal by outperforming Jordan’s Yazan Albitar in an impressive 5-0 win. The last edition’s silver medallist Vishwanath, who received a bye in the opening round, exhibited a great tactical brilliance against the aggressive opponent from Tajikistan. In an intense battle, the Indian with his fine defensive skills and counter-attacking display managed to keep himself ahead in each of the three rounds. Raman had comparatively an easy task against the local favourite. Despite some stiff challenge from the opponent, he kept things in control before winning the match convincingly. Vishwanath and Raman will now take on Uzbek boxers Miralijon Mavlonov and Khujanazar Nortojiev respectively in the semifinals. In the j or boys’ section, three boxers — Jayant Dagar (54kg), Chetan (57kg) and Yashwardhan Singh (60kg), made their way into the last-4 stage. Lovepreet Singh (50kg) exited after enduring a loss against Kazakhstan’s Bek Zholdasbek by RSC (referee stops contest) verdict. Chetan outclassed Iraq’s Murtadha Hamad by unanimous margin, Jayant had to work hard during his close 3-2 win over Pansher Aliakhmed of Kyrgyzstan. Yashwardhan was given a walkover against Kuwait’s Mohammad Alenzi. The prestigious continental tournament has been witnessing a strong competition in presence of 352 boxers from 21 countries including India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The finals will be played on March 13 and 14. BAV RNJ

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