Super Boxing League: Delhi Gladiators, Haryana Warriors qualify for semi-finals

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 04:39 AM IST
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It was the Delhi Gladiators who kept their unbeaten run intact as Shivani Dahiya, captain Pawan Maan, and Gaganpreet Sharma; all won their respective bouts to make a comeback into the match

New Delhi : Delhi Gladiators played out a draw with OPM Punjab Sultans 9-9 to book their spot in the semi-finals of the Super Boxing League (SBL) at the Siri Fort Squash and Badminton Stadium here last evening.

The draw meant that the Delhi Gladiators as well as the Haryana Warriors qualify for the semi-finals of SBL.

Delhi Gladiators went into the match high on confidence as they had won their first two matches of Super Boxing League whereas the OPM Punjab Sultans needed a huge victory to qualify for the semi-finals as it was a do-or-die match for both teams, with the winner qualifying for the semi-finals.

It was the Delhi Gladiators who kept their unbeaten run intact as Shivani Dahiya, captain Pawan Maan, and Gaganpreet Sharma; all won their respective bouts to make a comeback into the match. It was Amandeep Singh, Balkar Singh and Sumit Rangi who won the three bouts for the OPM Punjab Sultans.

The first bout of the night saw Delhi Gladiators’ Rakesh Lohchab take on OPM Punjab Sultans’ Amandeep Singh in the Feather Weight category. The Sultans’ man Singh started the bout on the front foot as he threw some good combinations on his opponent in Round 1 and 2 while Gladiators’ Lohchab focused on keeping his guard up.

Singh kept his upper hand in the latter stages of the bout as well, countering Lohchab well in Round 3 with jabs and uppercuts. The last and final Round saw Lohchab push the pace as he wanted to turnaround the match, but Amandeep Singh smacked the better punches on his opponent to run away with the victory by Split Decision as OPM Punjab Sultans took a 3-0 lead.

In the second bout of the night, it was up to Delhi Gladiators’ Munish Sharma to cut down the lead for his team as he faced Balkar Singh from the OPM Punjab Sultans in the Welter Weight category. Both the boxers started Round 1 cautiously as they waited patiently to work out each other’s strategy. However, Round 2 saw Singh get the better of his opponent as he hit Sharma with some beautiful combinations. The latter looked to have slowed down as he lost some composure. Singh on the other hand, took advantage of the slowness of his opponent and smashed some strong right punches on Gladiators’ Sharma in Round 3. The Sultans’ man kept his shape in the fourth Round, as he struck some aggressive combinations on Sharma to seal the victory by Unanimous Decision to extend his team’s lead to 6 points.

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