KARACHI: Pakistan’s boxers started their campaign at the Green Hill Cup (GHC) International Boxing Championship successfully when seven of its boxers entered the last eight stage on the inaugural day of the competition here at the Karachi Port Trust Sports Complex on Saturday.
It was Pakistan’s ace boxer, Asghar Ali Shah who was involved in the most fierce fight of the opening day when he overcame promising Bayram Annamame Dov of Turkmenistan 28-23 after a tough fight in the 60kg category.
Representing Pakistan Green, the SAFF Games gold medallist fought back brilliantly after a 12-15 deficit in the second round to avoid an early exit from the event. Otherwise it was easy going for all the local boxers who won their first respective battles in rather one-sided affairs.
The best performance came from popular Mehrullah Lassi who gave another win to the Green outfit by displaying his traditional performance against Egypt’s Mohammad Kassban. The former Asian Games champion outclassed Kassban on RSC verdict with scores of 21-8 in a 57kg fight.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Green’s Mohammad Wasim booked his place in the quarter-final after beating another Egyptian Atif Al Korshy in a 48kg battle while Noor Badshah of Pakistan White overwhelmed Madiyev Timur of Kazakhstan to enter the last eight stage of the 51kg category.
Another ace pugilist, Abid Ali (Pakistan Green) registered his first win in the event when he trounced Kazak boxer Sovetov Gali 36-17 in a 54kg fight.
The other triumphs for the hosts came from Ali Mohammad (Pakistan White) and Bakht Hussain (both from Pakistan White) in 54kg and 57kg bouts respectively.
Ali outpunched Itsarayut Jantaraporn of Thailand while Bakht thrashed Italian boxer Alessio D Savino to confirm his quarter-final berth.
Results of the pre-quarter-finals:
48kg:Mohammad Wasim (Pak Green) bt Atif Al Korshy (Egy) 32-22, Sadegm Faragzabh (Iran) bt Epeshkin (Kaz) 19-7 (RSC II)
51kg:Holmuratov Ulugbek (Uzb) bt Mohammad Alenezi 22-8, Lee Ok Sung (Kor) bt Omran Ackbarie (Iran) 30-12, Ali Saad Dhis (KSA) bt Ibrahim Abdek (Egy) 36-24, Noor Badshah (Pak G) bt Madiyev Timur (Kaz) 25-37.
54kg:Abid Ali (Pak Green) bt Sovetov Gali (Kaz) 36-17, MDK Wanniarchchi (SL) bt, Mohammad Rezkalla (Egy) 21-17, Han Soon Chil (Kor) bt Tran Quoc Viet (Vie) 24-12, Ali Mohammad (Pak White) bt Itsarayut Jantaraporn (Tha) 46-27 (RSC II).
57kg: Mehrullah Lassi (Pak Green) bt Mohammad Kassban (Egy) 21-8 (RSC-II), Sultanov Bahodirjon (UZB) Orlando Tacuyan Jr (Phi) 23-3 (RSC-II), Ibrahim Manie (KSA) bt Naser Al Mutawa (Kwt) 19-6, AGKK Sameera (SL) bt Ibrahim Sanda (Syr) 24-16, Teengthong (Tha) bt Eddy Kalia (Mas) 22-3 (RSC-II), Bakht Hussain (Pak White) bt Alessio D Savino (Italy) 25-8.
60kg: Asghar Ali (Pak Green) bt Bayram Annamame Dov (Tkm) 28-23.
PBF, boxers get cash awards
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim on Saturday announced a cash prize of Rs1.5 million for the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) for its performance in the recent international events. The chief minister, who inaugurated the Green Hill Cup (GHC) International Boxing Championship here at the KPT Sports Complex, also announced a bonus of Rs0.5 million each for top national boxers — Mehrullah Lassi and Asghar Ali Shah — for their outstanding shows. Arbab also declared a grant of Rs0.5 million for the Sindh Boxing Association to improve boxing in the province. Sindh Sports Minister Qamar Mansoor was also present at the ceremony.