Classy Shiva Thapa assured of a medal

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Mohd. Hussamuddin loses in the quarterfinals to Mirzahalilov

Shiva Thapa ensured India’s first medal in the Asian boxing championships as he defeated Nader Odah of Kuwait in a 64kg quarterfinals bout to enter the last four stage here on Tuesday.

Thapa recorded a comprehensive 5-0 win over Odah to earn his fifth successive medal at the event, and the first in the 64kg class.

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The seasoned Indian mixed his jabs with lusty right blows to inflict a standing count on Odah in the first round.

Thapa continued his dominance to walk away with a fine victory.

Meets Usmonov

Thapa, who beat Kyrgyz boxer Dimitrii Puchin 5-0 in a first round bout on Monday night, will take on top seed and defending champion Bakhodur Usmonov of Tajikistan in the semifinals.

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In 56kg, Mohammad Hussamuddin’s journey ended in the quarterfinals as the Indian lost to top seed and reigning World champion Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov 4-1.

Combination punches

Hussamuddin moved around the ring to evade the attacks of the Uzbek, who delivered a combination of straight punches and hooks to get the better of the Indian.

Sangwan exits

In an 81kg opening round bout on Monday, Sumit Sangwan suffered a 5-0 defeat against Iranian boxer Meysam Gheshlaghi.

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Olympic-bound boxers Amit Panghal (52kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) will begin their campaign on Wednesday.

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