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Indian boxer Akhil Kumar maintains unbeaten pro run after beating Tanzania's Sadiki Momba

New Delhi: Seasoned Indian boxer Akhil Kumar kept his unbeaten professional record intact, scoring a Technical Knockout over Tanzanian Sadiki Momba in his second bout on Saturday.

India's Akhil Kumar (R) throws a punch against Nepal's Puma Bahadur Lama (L) in the men's light 60kg preliminaries session 2. AFP

File image of India's Akhil Kumar throwing a punch. AFP

Competing under the aegis of a new promoter in Hope and Glory Boxing, in association with the World Boxing Council (WBC), the 35-year-old Akhil got the better of Momba in the very first round of what was to be a six-round super lightweight (63.5kg) contest.

The former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist left his rival with a bloodied face, forcing an early end to the proceedings.

"He was bending too much and perhaps that is why he got hit so badly by the uppercut.

It got over too early but a win is a win, I will take it," Akhil told PTI after his bout.

Also winning on the six-bout fight-card tonight was Beijing Olympics quarterfinalist Jitender Kumar (lightweight, 61.2kg).

He got the better of Georgian Dato Nanava. Jitender was also competing in just his second professional bout and maintained his unbeaten record.

In the WBC title fight, India's Brijesh Kumar Meena notched up a over Dennis Padua of Philippines, defeating him in the eighth round.


Published Date: Feb 10, 2018 23:21 PM | Updated Date: Feb 10, 2018 23:21 PM

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