Khan is King in Delhi
Written by Alexander Zammit
Monday, 11 October 2010 19:56
Boxers from another three weight classes fought for the quarterfinal at the 19th Commonwealth Games fifth competition day on Saturday while some athletes competed already for the medal at the 49 and 52kg divisions.
AIBA: Report 9th October 2010
Among the first medalists was Pakistan’s newcomer 19-year-old Haroon Khan, who achieved the best performance of his career.
Light flyweight division titleholder, the 31-year-old “Namibian Lion” Japhet Uutoni outpointed Mauritius’s twelve years younger Jason Olivier Lavigilante on the opening bout and will face against World Combat Games winner Pakistan’s Muhammad Waseem in the semifinal.
European Champion and Olympic Games bronze medalist Patrick Barnes of Northern Ireland has got gold medal expectations in New Delhi but had to fight hard for the medal against 19-year-old Andrew Moloney of Australia.
Commonwealth Champion and local favourite 24-year-old Amandeep Singh triumphed over Malaysia’s new sensation Mohamed Fuad Mohamed Redzuan by 7:1 and will face Patrick Barnes in the semi-final.
Kenya’s flyweight boxer Benson Gicharu reached the medals in New Delhi after winning his quarter-final bout against CAC Games bronze medalist Guyana’s Dexter Jordan. Gicharu’s next rival will be African Championships bronze medalist 20-year-old Botswana’s Oteng Oteng who eliminated Andrew Moloney’s twin brother Jason.
Asian Champion and Commonwealth Champion Suranjoy Mayengbam Singh, India’s great gold medal contender, won against Mohamed Subrie Khamis of Malaysia by 9:2 in the third flyweight quarter-final bout.
Olympic Games silver medalist Amir Khan’s younger brother 19-year-old Haroon Iqbal Khan who changed his nationality back to Pakistan and European Championships bronze medalist Welshmen Andrew Selby had one the biggest fights of the day, with each of the rounds finishing in a 1:1 draw to leave the final result tied 3:3. Surprisingly Haroon Khan advanced to the semi-final by accepted scores where he will face Suranjoy Mayengbam Singh.
New Zealand’s heavyweight 23-year-old David Aloua-Rogers led by 7:5 in the third round against Commonwealth Championships silver medalist Elly Ajowi of Kenya but the ringside doctor ended the contest due the Kiwi boxer’s injury, thus handing the African competitor a ticket for the quarter-final.
Commonwealth Champion England’s No.1 heavyweight boxer Simon Vallily knocked out Dominic Winrow from the Isle of Man in the first round of his final 16 contest when he was leading by 7:0. His next opponent will be Arsene Fokou of Cameroon for the medal.
Northern Ireland’s 20-year-old Arafura Games winner Steven Ward and Australia’s John Squillace had a great battle which ended in a close 7:4 victory for the Irishman.
Canada’s veteran Samir El-Mais defeated World Championships bronze medalist Welshman Kevin Evans in the first preliminary round and continued his great performance against Lorenz Duncan of Saint Vincent & Grenadines. The 30-year-old El-Mais outpointed his opponent by 11:0 and will face Stephen Simmons of Scotland for the medal.
In the bantamweight division Botswana’s team captain 20-year-old Tirafalo Seoko advanced to the quarter-final after beating Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist Muhammad Ali Bin Abdul Karim of Malaysia in a close contest by 10:8 and will face Namibia’s Lukas Sakaria for the medal.
Sri Lanka’s best boxer veteran Manju Dinesh Kumar Wanniarachchi hammered the young Andrique Allisop of the Seychelles in the bantamweight division. Wanniarachchi put in an extreme first round performance to take a 13:2 lead and continued to an emphatic 23:3 win.
European Championships silver medalist and Commonwealth Champion Iain Weaver from England was the main favorite among bantamweight boxers but was defeated by two-time Olympian Akhil Kumar of India by 11:6 and will be travelling without any medal. The local veteran boxer will be fighting against another top boxer, Beijing Olympic Games bronze medalist Bruno Julie of Mauritius, in the next round.
In the light heavyweight class Youth World Championships bronze medalist Tommy McCarthy of Northern Ireland advanced to the top eight after beating Leonard Odilo Machichi of Tanzania by 11:1. McCarthy’s next opponent will be New Zealand’s hope Reece Papuni in the quarter-final.
India’s World Championships quarterfinalist Dinesh Kumar surprisingly was defeated by a strong Obed Mbwakongo of England in the hectic battle where the final decision was only one point difference 9:8 to Mbwakongo.
Despite Kumar’s loss India is still on the top of the team event, just behind the local squad are England, Namibia, Northern Ireland and Kenya.