Railway Sports Promotion Board emerged overall champion in the second Elite men’s national boxing championship at the Swarna Bharathi Indoor Stadium here on Monday.
The tone and tenor for Railways’ domination on the final day was set by Salman Shekh, who was actually declared loser in the semifinal on Sunday but the jury reviewed the decision in his favour late in the night. He outpunched Lal Dinmawia of Mizoram 5-0 in the fly weight category.
Later, SAF Games gold medallist Mandeep Jhangra posted a fluent 5-0 win over Vanhlimpuia of Mizoram with his measured combination of left and right jabs in the middle weight category.
The major upset of the evening was when Manish Kaushik of Services got the better of double Olympian and World championship bronze medallist Shiva Thapa of Assam with a 4-1 verdict on points in the light weight category which saw the loser leave the ring in disgust.
In a crucial, penultimate bout of the championship, 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and double Olympian Manoj Kumar of RSPB outpunched Duryodhan Singh of Services in the welter weight category while, his teammate Manish Panwar got a walk-over in the light heavy category against Neel Kamal of Delhi to help Railways clinch the honours. Services finished runner-up.
Goa’s Santosh Harijan, in his maiden final, had to be content with a silver as his Services rival Madan Lal, earned a 3-2 verdict in the bantam weight category. Once again, Santosh had the crowd on its feet when he displayed his unique style of swaying away from the rival’s punches but looked woefully short when it came to landing his punches.
Special prizes were given to Manoj Kumar of RSPB (best boxer), Manoj Kaushik (most promising boxer) and NT Lalbiakkima of Mizoram (best challenger).
The results: All finals: Fly: Salman Shekh (RSPB) bt Lal Dinmawia (Miz) 5-0. Bantam: Madan Lal (SSCB) bt Santosh Harijan (Goa) 3-2. Lt welter: Dheraj Kumar (SSCB) w\o Basant Thapa (MP). Middle: Mandeep Jhangra (RSPB) bt Vanhlimpuia (Miz) 5-0. Heavy: Naman (Har) bt Varinder Kumar (HP) 5-0.
Super heavy: Satish Kumar (SSCB) bt Parvin Kumar (Har)- RSC 3rd round. Light fly: K. Shyam Kumar (RSPB) bt N.T. Lalbiakkima (Miz) 3-2. Light: Manish Kaushik (SSCB) bt Shiva Thapa (Assam) 4-1.
Welter: Manoj Kumar (RSPB) bt Duryodhan Singh (SSCB) 5-0. Light heavy: Manish Panwar (RSPB) w\o Neel Kamal (Del).