Armyís Chandrika enters semi-final
Senior National Boxing Championships:
Reigning champion Chandrika Guruge of Sri Lanka Army BC launched her
defence for the light fly weight under 48 kg title with an impressive
performance on the second day of the 83rd Senior National Boxing
championships conducted by the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) of Sri
Lanka and continued at the Sugathadasa indoor Stadium in Colombo
Guruge who has represented the country in several international
tournaments used her experience and successfully overcame her opponent
Kosala Nilmini from Slimline BC on points 11-7 to reach the semifinals
in this weight category.
Guruge started off rather cautiously but got into her usual rhythm in
the second round and went on to completely dominate the proceedings
during the final round. In the other quarterfinal K. H. E. de Silva of
MAS Southern BC had the better of D. K. Hewawitharana of Sri Lanka Army
BC on points 18-6.
In the light bantam weight under 52 kg quarterfinal event M. D.
Maduwanthi of Sri Lanka Army BC defeated V. M. P. Dassanayake of
Ghandara BC on points 22-4. In addition N. P. Pellekumbura of Ghandara
BC defeated S. A. V. Priyangani of Sri Lanka Army BC on points 13-1.
Meanwhile in the menís competition the quarterfinal line up of the
light heavy weight under 81 kg and under 91 kg weight categories were
completed with all favourites making steady progress.
Even then R. D. S. C. Rathmalgoda of Sri Lanka Navy BC went through
some anxious moments before overcoming his opponent W. A. L. Sandun of
Sri Lanka Air Force BC on points 27-21 in a close encounter that almost
went the full distance before the referee decided to stop the contest in
the final round. In contrast S. H. R. Kumara of Sri Lanka Army BC
cruised to an easy 9-1 victory on points over G. T. T. Fernando from
Unichella in the same weight category while P. P. D. N. Premasinghe of
Sri Lanka Army BC also joined the semifinal line with a 14-3 victory on
points against H. G. Ariyaratne of Seevali BC.
In the light heavy weight under 81 kg quarterfinals A. H. Athukorale
from Sri Lanka Army BC defeated H. G. V. Alexander from Vidyarathna
University while A. P. Jayasena also from Sri Lanka Army BC had the
better of D. R. Narampanawa from Sri Lanka Police BC.