When World Series of Boxing returned to India, it was the 18-year-old Mohammed Etash Khan from Manipur who stole the show even as Boxing Federation of India-backed Indian Tigers went down 2-3 after a brave fight to three-time champion Astana Aralans.
Etash, the boy who hails from a family of farmer, shone brightly in front of the home crowd as he rendered his opponent Nursultan Kochshegulov reeling in the squared ring. The winner of the youth national last year, he proved his worth yet again as he clobbered his opponent and split his right temple up.
The Army institute trainee showed that he belonged to the pro circuit as he peppered his weight to India’s only unanimous victory of the night.
WSB which is AIBA’s initiative to give pro-boxers a chance to compete at the Olympic, has now opened up a huge platform for Etash as well as the other boxers in India to go the distance to take a shot at sealing berth at the mega Continental event through the professional way.
The Manipuri boxer got off to a fiery start clobbering his opponent with his powerful punches from the word go. He used his counter-attacking techniques to leave Arlans’ Nursultan Kochshegulov running for covers.
- 46-49 kg: Shyam Kumar Kakara lost to Temirtas Zhussupov – 1:2
- 56 kg: Muhammed Etash Khan bt Nursultan Koschegulov – 3:0
- 64 kg: Dheeraj lost to Dilmurat Mizhitov – 1:2
- 75 kg: Ashish Kumar lost to Abilkhan Amankul – 0-3
- 91 kg: Sanjeet bt Abilkhair Turlanbekov – 2-1