Shiva Thapa in action | ASBC/ Margit Kinsces

Six-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) continued his great form and stormed into the final at the 2022 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan on November 10.

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Shiva Thapa faced 2019 Asian Champion Bakhodur Usmanov of Tajikistan in the semifinal. In a close bout that saw both the boxers go toe to toe from the beginning, Shiva used his vast experience and tactical acumen to prevail over his younger opponent in a 4:1 split verdict.

Shiva Thapa had defeated Bakhodur in the semifinal of the 2021 Asian Championships also. He will face Uzbekistan’s Abdullaev Ruslan in the final on November 12.

The 2022 Thailand Open Champion duo of Sumit and Govind Kumar Sahani both suffered defeats in their semifinal bouts and secured bronze.

Govind (48kg) was up against Sanzhar Tashkenbay of Kazakhstan and started off his bout trying to block his opponent’s punches and attack with counterpunches but he could not sustain that strategy for long. His Kazakh opponent who is the 2021 Youth World Championship gold medallist dominated the next two rounds and inflicted a 0:4 defeat on the boxer from Gorakhpur.

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Sumit (75kg) was involved in a tough matchup against the reigning Asian Champion Jafarov Saidjamshid of Uzbekistan and in spite of his best efforts, failed to take control of the bout and suffered a 0:5 defeat by unanimous decision.

In the 92+kg semifinal bout, Narender suffered a 0:5 defeat against Mullojonov Lazizbek of Uzbekistan and ended his campaign with a bronze medal.

Mohammad Hussamuddin (57kg) who got a cut above his right eye in the previous bout couldn’t take the ring on November 10 and had to settle for a bronze medal.

The competition is witnessing the participation of 267 boxers from 27 top boxing nations.

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