- Sachin Siwach defeated Ramon Nicanor Quiroga 5-0
- All 6 Indian women boxers proceeded to the quarters
- Mary Kom to debut in the 51 kg category against Nepal's Mala Rai on Tuesday
Sachin Siwach, a former world youth champion, trounced Argentine rival Ramon Nicanor Quiroga even as 7 Indians had a cakewalk on the opening day of the Indian Open boxing tournament on Monday.
Siwach employed his height to full advantage and dominated the bout right from the beginning to register a 5-0 unanimous victory in the 52 kg men’s category at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium. He had earlier won a bronze at the Gee Bee Boxing tournament.
The pugilist’s next opponent in the quarterfinal will be Rogen Ladon, a former world championship bronze medalist. Siwach will be playing with an aim to avenge his semi final defeat by a split-decision at the President’s Cup.
“It was a narrow defeat last time. But now I’ve now improved my speed and skill and I will look forward to settle scores this time,” Siwach told PTI.
Siwach features in the bottom half of the draw that also has Commonwealth Games gold medalist Gaurav Solanki. On the other hand, compatriot and Asian Games gold medalist Amit Panghal features in the top-half of the 52kg draw.
“When it comes to Indians we all know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s a tough road ahead as flyweight is highly competitive. But as of now my focus is on the next round against the Filipino boxer,” the talented 20-year-old boxer from Haryana said.
Women Boxers Make Light of Competition
Siwach was the only Indian in action in the men’s section, with the women’s category seeing the majority of games of the day. Interestingly, all of them made it to the next round.
Sonia Lather, former world championship silver medalist, began her campaign with a 5-0 victory over Chandra Kala Thapa to reach the 57 kg category’s quarterfinals.
Elsewhere in the 60 kg women’s category, Preeti Beniwal display vigour to defeat her Nepalese opponent Sangita Sunar what turned out to be a unanimous 5-0 victory to proceed to the quarters.
Shashi Chopra too signed on her competitive debut in the 60kg, beating Tandin Choden of Bhuta 5-0 in a unanimous decision.
Manisha Maun beat Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio 4-1 in the 57 kg category. Anamakia and Jyoti Gulia too proceeded in to the quarterfinals with easy victories over their respective opponents.
— Rahul Trehan (@imrahultrehan) May 21, 2019