New Delhi : Delhi Gladiators beat Haryana Warriors with a margin of 12-6 in the opening match of the first-of-its-kind boxing league in India, Super Boxing League (SBL) which started off on Friday here in the national capital.
The inaugural fight night, in the presence of league’s CEO and founder Bill Dosanjh and chairman, Olympic medalist boxer Amir Khan, saw boxers from both teams impress the crowd at the Siri Fort Squash & Badminton Stadium where Delhi Gladiators produced a phenomenal team effort to start their campaign on a high.
In the first fight of the night, Delhi Gladiators’ Rakesh Lochan beat Haryana Warriors’ Naveen Nehra by a Split Decision to get off the mark on the points table. Both the boxers looked fairly eager to start the match with confidence as they threw some great combinations at each other.
The fight was equally split between the two boxers until Round 3, but Rakesh Lochan showed his stamina as he barged Naveen with heavy blows to seal the victory in Round 4.
In the second fight, Haryana Warriors’ captain Neeraj Goyat beat Delhi Gladiators’ Vanlulpuwia by a Split Decision to secure the much-needed three points for his team. Neeraj started the match on the front foot as he used his experience in Round 1 to keep out the debutant, Gladiators’ Vanlalpuwia.