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ASBC Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Kuwait

Sri Dheerananda College’s Ashen Shreemal outclasses Kuwaiti for historic win

Ashen Shreemal Premathilaka being declared the winner in his preliminary bout against Kuwait’s Omar Alotaibi.
Ashen Shreemal Premathilaka being declared the winner in his preliminary bout against Kuwait’s Omar Alotaibi.

Ashen Shreemal Premathilaka, a 14-year-old from Sri Dheerananda College, Pilimathalawa outclassed his opponent from Kuwait Omar Alotaibi in the 37-40kg on the opening day of the first ever ASBC Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championships which began in Kuwait on Saturday.

It was a historic win in this inaugural international competition for Sri Lanka who are represented by six boxers in the 13-14 age group. This is the first time a team of schoolboy boxers taking part in Asian level schoolboy boxing tournament. “As per the new initiative of Dian Gomes the President of Boxing Association, maximum opportunities will be given for the school level boxers to take part in international boxing tournaments to develop school boxers in the future,” according to a BASL press release.

Ashen whose idol is Sri Lanka’s Olympic pugilist from Peradeniya MMV Anuruddha Ratnayaka, dominated the bout from the opening bell outgunning his opponent forcing the Kuwait corner to throw in the towel in the third round and abandon it as a contest. The Sri Lankan schoolboy outscored Omar heavily with all five judges giving him scores of 20-18 or 20-17 after the first two rounds.

Senuka Dulran Weerasinghe of Mahanama featuring in the historic opening bout of the day against Philippines’ Joshua Sorillo in the 35-37kg weight class, gave a good account of himself losing narrowly on a split decision 3-2 with two judges giving him the nod scoring 30-27 and 29-28.

Both boxers landed high number of punches in the first round when the Sri Lankan looked active. The Filipino southpaw found his best rhythm in the second and his left-handed hooks reached the target several times.

The Sri Lankan talent kept too huge distance and moved back before his attacks but Bago City’s 14-year-old boxer was able to beat him securing the first success for the Philippines in Kuwait City.

Another Sri Lankan Kavindu Madushan Karunasingha, also from Sri Dheerananda College, lost his opening bout in the 43-46kg weight class to Thailand’s Phisit Paochanthuek who won by a unanimous decision. Altogether 150 boxers from 21 nations are competing for the medals in Kuwait City’s Shaikh Al-Abdullah Sports Complex.


 

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