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ASBC Asian Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Kuwait

Lankans engage in tough duels against Indian stars

Sri Lanka’s schoolboy boxing stars are displaying good technical skills, courage and aggression despite lacking raw power in the first ever ASBC Asian Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships being held in Kuwait City.

Mahanama’s Senula Dulaj Weerasinghe fighting in the 33-35kg weight class lost on a split points decision 4-1 after tough duel against India’s Harsha in the preliminary round on the second day of the competition on Sunday.

Harsha is a favourite at the 35kg weight class but had to do his very best against Senula Dulaj Weerasinghe to win their difficult contest. Two of the five judges felt the Indian won convincingly scoring 30-27 but the other three scored the bout closely 29-28 with one judge even giving the nod to the Sri Lankan boxer.

In another Indo-Lanka duel, Bandaranayake Central College, Veyangoda’s Tehan Sanchith Rayman gave a tough fight to Vinay Vishwakarma in the 46-49kg weight class though the Indian won by a unanimous 5-0 points decision. The Indian boxer started slowly but he dominated the second and third rounds.

Peradeniya Central College’s Theja Dewumini Ambulugala Widanage also went down fighting to Jordan’s Abdel Hakeem Jarabat who won the 40-43kg weight class preliminary round contest by a unanimous points decision 5-0.

Top Asian nation Uzbekistan is still perfect after two days of boxing dominating the heavier weight classes, after 34 bouts were held on the second competition day. Altogether 150 boxers from 21 nations are competing for the medals in Kuwait City’s Shaikh Al-Abdullah Sports Complex.

The ASBC Asian Schoolboys Confederation Boxing Championships is being held for the first time in the continent. Boxers who were born in 2005 and in 2006 are eligible to compete in the event for the 14 available titles. 

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