Defending champion Manish Kaushik (60 kg) won his successive Gold, while Madan Lal too clinched gold against World-medalist Gaurav Bidhuri who had to satisfy with Silver.

Services shine as two of their ace boxers bagged two medals in the final of the 2nd Elite Men’s Boxing National Championships, which concluded on Friday at Army Sports Institute rings in Pune.

Commonwealth Games silver medalist Manish (Services Sports Control Board) defeated gold-medalist Ankush Dahiya (Railways Sports Promotion Board) in the final bout. However, Gaurav Bidhuri (RSPB), World-championships bronze medalist, took away silver after losing his final match against Madan Lal (SSCB) in the final.

A file picture of India’s Gaurav Bidhuri (left) battling Uzbek’s Zoirov Shakhobidin in 2014. Image Source: Mid-Day

The Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) completely dominated the clashes as all their eight finalists took away the gold medals. Defending champions Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) stood second, hence bagging away two gold, two silver and two bronze medals. In a rare scenario, Haryana failed to fetch a single medal at the championships. Punjab clinched one silver and one bronze each while Maharashtra took away one silver and two bronze medals.

All India Police, Delhi, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Nagaland, manages to bag one medal each.

Commonwealth Games gold medalist and the Arjuna awardee for this year, Satish Kumar (91 kg), also bagged away with gold, thus putting away 8 gold medals to the SSCB tally.

The other gold medalists for Services were: Deepak (49 kg), PL Prasad (52 kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69 kg), and Manjeet Singh (75 kg).

Rohit Tokas, the Kings Cup bronze medalist, was another star medalist for RSPB at the Boxing championships, as he clinched gold against opponent Abhishek Yadav in light-welter 64 kg. Manish Panwar won another gold medal for RSPB by beating Rajasthan’s Brijesh Yadav in 81 kg category.

But, SSCB feat towards the top seemed invincible. Sanjeet defeated Haryana in heavy weight (91 kg) and Satish Kumar out slashed Jasveer of Railways, the Services swept away the final, thus winning the yellow metal stamp proving their strong, loud authority in the nationals.

To note, this championships was important for many aspects as the boxers who would perform well here would be potentially selected for the national camp, in mind of Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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