Big Bout Indian Boxing League: Amit Panghal, Mohammed Husamuddin inspire Gujarat Giants to win over Odisha Warriors

Thanks to Sarita Devi. Mohammed Husamuddin and Amit Panghal's heroics, Gujarat Giants registered a commanding 5-2 win over Odisha Warriors in the Big Bout Indian Boxing League.

Press Trust of India December 05, 2019 08:30:29 IST
Big Bout Indian Boxing League: Amit Panghal, Mohammed Husamuddin inspire Gujarat Giants to win over Odisha Warriors
  • Ashish Kumar dominated his 75kg clash with Neel Kamal Singh, imposing two standing counts on his opponent in the third round.

  • Sarita Devi, a former world champion, showed her class in a unanimous points verdict over Priyanka Chaudhary in the women 60kg bout.

  • In an evenly-contested 57kg bout, Mohammed Husamuddin beat back Commonwealth Games 51kg gold medallist Gaurav Solanki.

Greater Noida: Gujarat Giants registered a commanding 5-2 win over Odisha Warriors in the Big Bout Indian Boxing League at the Gautam Buddha University Indoor Stadium on Wednesday.

Big Bout Indian Boxing League Amit Panghal Mohammed Husamuddin inspire Gujarat Giants to win over Odisha Warriors

File image of Amit Panghal. AP

With a confident and efficient Ashish Kumar setting the ball rolling in the second bout of the evening, Gujarat Giants' big guns Sarita Devi (women's 60kg), southpaw Mohammed Husamuddin (57kg) and skipper Amit Panghal (51kg) ensured that the team claim an early win in their opening league match.

For Odisha Warriors, it was their second successive loss.

Ashish Kumar dominated his 75kg clash with Neel Kamal Singh, imposing two standing counts on his opponent in the third round. It was no surprise that his weary rival retired in the third round.

Sarita Devi, a former world champion, showed her class in a unanimous points verdict over Priyanka Chaudhary in the women's 60kg bout.

In an evenly-contested 57kg bout, Husamuddin beat back Commonwealth Games 51kg gold medallist Gaurav Solanki.

World championship finalist Panghal sealed a triumph for his team with a facile conquest of Asian Games gold medallist Jasurbek Lapitov of Uzbekistan in the 51kg bout.

Earlier, Uzbekistan's Jakhangir Rakhmonov drew first blood for Odisha Warriors with a split verdict over 33-year-old Duryodhan Singh Negi in the 69kg class bout.

With Gujarat Giants' victory secured, Rajesh Narwal stepped into the ring with an air of confidence in the women's 51kg bout against Savita, translating that in a 3-2 win.

Odisha Warriors' Naman Tanwar, a Commonwealth Games medallist, beat British champion Scott Forrest in the 91kg.

Gujarat Giants won the toss and opted to block the Youth Women's 57kg bout that would have seen Jyoti Kanwar go up against Odisha Warriors' Jasmine.

The option of blocking one of the bouts allows teams to bring strategy into play.

Gujarat Giants were aware that Jasmine had picked up one of the two victories for Odisha Warriors in their 2-5 loss to Punjab Panthers on Monday.

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