Shiva, Manish, Sarjubala shine, Cubans show class in SpiceJet India Open

New Delhi, January 29: India’s World No. 3 Shiva Thapa, Manish Kaushik and Sarjubala led the country’s charge into the next round of the SpiceJet India Open International Boxing tournament at the Thyagraj Indoor stadium here on Monday.

Thailand and the Philippines too had a fairly successful day, with their star boxers coming through to the second round. 

Thailand’s Thani Narinram simply proved to much better than Sachin Siwach in their light-fly clash and sneaked home with a split decision win.

In another close bout in the same category, Ramel Jr. Macado of the Philippines had to ward off a strong challenge from Uzbekistan’s Mironshokh Ibragimov, the former squeezing home 3-2.

 Cuba suffered an unexpected upset in the morning their other two boxers on show in the evening session, Jorge Vinent Moiran (light-welter) and David Osvary Gutierrez (light-heavy), advanced into the next round with convincing wins.

Shiva Thapa started his campaign with a resounding 5-0 victory over Bhutan’s Dorji Wangdi. He didn’t exert himself though, preferring to reserve his energy for the sterner stuff ahead. 

Dorji, however, didn’t look overawed by his accomplished opponent, even cleverly going into a shell each time Shiva came out attacking. 

Shiva boxed smartly, prying open his opponent’s guard and picking his spots effectively.

Manish also turned in a stellar performance against Cuba’s Martinez Rabi in the lightweight category. The Cuban found Manish a hard target as the Indian moved around the ring, bobbing and weaving, often forcing his opponent to miss his shots. Manish himself unleashed his venomous left hooks, uppercuts and jabs to good effect, often catching the Cuban by surprise as the crowd egged him on. He eventually went on the win the bout by a narrow verdict 3-2.

Sarjubala was in a league of her own as she peppered her Kenyan opponent with a flurry of short bursts, mixing her jabs and combinations with fluency. The Kenyan was not one to give up though; she too came out with all her guns blazing. The final outcome was a no-brainer as the diminutive Indian sailed home 5-0 victor.

In a major upset in Indian boxing, seasoned campaigner, Devendro Singh went down 1-4 to Laldin Mavia after the bout was halted in the third round when the boxers’ heads clashed as Devendro lunged in during a charge, resulting in Laldin suffering a head injury, resulting in the bout being stopped.

Rules suggest that in such unintentional cases, the scores are taken into account until the stoppage of the bout and the boxer leading at that point is declared winner. In this case, it was Laldin who went through.

Sumit Sangwan, another Indian stalwart suffered a bloodied cheekbone but sailed home with a unanimous points verdict over fellow Indian Virender Kumar.

 Day-2: Results of Session-1: 


Fly (48 – 51kg): Sarjubala Devi (Ind) bt Ongare Christine (Ken) 5-0; Jargalan Ochirbat  (Mgl) bt Zarine Nikhat (Ind) 3-2; Pinki Rani (Ind) bt Al-Mriheel (Jor) 5-0; Raksat Chuthamat (Tha) bt Ritu (Ind) 3-2.

Welter: Heena Tokas (Ind) bt Devi Memthoi (Ind)5-0.


Light Fly: Amit (Ind) bt Rahmani Ramish (Afg) walkover; Simplice Fotsala (Cmr) bt  Resdzuan Mohammad Fuad Bin (Mas) 5-0; Hassan Shaffi Bakari (Ken) bt Wangi Tashi (Bhu) rsc-1;Nutlai  LalBiakkima (Ind-F) bt Himanshju Sharma (Ind 3-2); Shyam Kumar (Ind) bt Neeraj Swami (Ind-E) 5-0;  Ingatan Ilahi (Ina) bt Dauba Tej Bahadur (Nep) 4-1; Thani Narinram (Tha) bt Sachin Siwach (Ind-B) 3-2; Macado Ramel Jr (Phl) bt MoronshjokhIbragimov (Uzb) 3-2.

Light: Manish Kaushik (Ind-C) bt Rabi Armmando Martinez (Cub) 3-2; Charly Saurez (Phl) bt Bagdat Uaidayev (Kaz) 5-0; Sherbek Rakhmatulloev (Uzb) bt Buntee Singh (Ind-D) 5-0; Shiva Thapa (Ind-A) bt Dorji Wangdi (Bhu) 5-0; Battumur Misheelt (Mgl) bt Alireza Ahmadi (Afg) 3-2; Adrian Szachbazian Artur (Cze) bt Farrand Papendang (Ina) 3-2; Somchay Wongsuvan (Tha) bt Okongo Okoth Nicholas (Ken) 5-0; Ankush Dahiya (Ind-B) bt Taryll Lia (Sey) rsc 2.

Light Welter:

Moiran Vinent George (Cub) bt Munkh-Erdene Urachimeg 5-0;Bunjong Sinsiri bt Ankit Khatana (Ind-D) 5-0; Mohammad Al Amin (Ban) bt Petr Novak (Cze) 3-2; Ashish (Ind-C) bt Sabyrzhan Abilov (Kaz) 3-2; Dheeraj (Ind A) bt Odhambno Nyandera Victor 5-0; Magar Bhupendra Thapa (Nep) bt Ayissi Albert Mengue (Cmr) 4-1; Ikboljon Kholdarov (Uza) bt Mustafa Alkasbeh Obada (Jor) walkover.

Light heavy: David Osvary Gutierrez (Cub) bt Neel Kamal Singh (Ind-C) 5-0.   


Sanjeet (Ind) bt Ochola Elly Ajowi (Ken) 5-0; Naman Tanwar (Ind-A) bt Eishaish Hussain (Jor) 5-0; Sumit Sangwan (Ind-B) bt Virender Kumar (Ind-D) 5-0;