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Nalanda’s Mihiran a cut above in Fly weight class

Mihiran of Nalanda - top Fly weight contender
Mihiran of Nalanda - top Fly weight contender

Nalanda’s G.K.P.U. Mihiran, a former Vidyaratena University College, Horana pugilist, emerged as the top Fly weight contender when he outclassed Mahanama’s Minalka Silva on the second day of the Selection Trial Boxing Meet for Junior Boys and Girls worked off at the Jayathilaka Sports Complex in Nawalapitiya on Sunday.

This meet held concurrently with the Youth Boys and Girls Boxing Championship for the General Jagath Jayasuriya Trophy, serves as a trial to select boxers to participate in next month’s Asian Junior Boxing Championship to be held in Fujairah, UAE.

Mihiran, a product of former national level coach Amila Aravinda, forced his rival corner to throw in the towel after whipping solid combinations to stagger his opponent in a star class performance. He will face Trinity’s Waruna Bandara in the final.

Talented Trinity boxer Hamdan Faizal suffered a surprising defeat at the hands of Kamburupitiya MV’s Vishwa in a Light Bantam weight contest.. Faizal displayed good ringcraft and technique to counter the aggressive Vishwa scoring with left uppercuts and hooks to good effect against his strongly built rugged fighter who appeared to get the nod for his power punching.

Mahanama’s Dimash Sankalpa de Seram oozed confidence in the Light Fly weight earning a unanimous decision over Gamini Central College fighter Prasan. He will meet a southpaw from Sri Sumangala, Kandy Hosen who won a split decision against Pallebola’s Rathnayaka.

There was some keen competition in the Youth Boys and Girls championship with decisions being split in in 10 bouts. Light Fly weight boxer Mohan Vithursana of Vidyananda College, Mullaitivu was a top performer among the girls giving a powerpacked performance to win by technical knock out against Wayanga Rathnapuli of Sri Piyaratne MMV, Padukka.

Southern Province champion Tharinda Nethmina of Narandeniya Central College and A.H. Maduranga of Vidyaratena (VUC) emerged as the top fly weight contenders, dispatching their rivals with ease. Nethmina forced a stoppage in round two, knocking down Kingswood’s Jayakody with a barrage of powerful combinations.

Southpaws D.J. Carnie of St. John’s, Nugegoda, and VUC’s Rashmika were impressive winners in the Bantam weight class. Carnie’s opponent from Sumangala threw in the towel in the second round while Rashmika won a split decision against Manathunga of St. Sylvester’s Colege, Kandy after a close contest.

Mahanama’s Dinith Chirathma won a thrilling Light weight contest against Gallage of VUC who suffered reversals in the Light Welter and Welter weight classes. Trinity’s Miranga Subasingha gave a composed performance against Vidyananda’s Jethursan while Thomian southpaw Nishad won a thrilling Welter weight clash against Wawmamba Wijekoon of Kingswood displaying superb counter attacking skills against his rushing taller adversary.


Semi finals

Selections Trials Meet Junior Boys and Girls for Asian Junior Boxing Championship

Light Bantam weight (50-52kg) Women: L.P.P. Somarathna (Praja) bt J.K.

Wishmi Nethara (Narandeniya CC) on points 5-0;

Pin weight (44-46kg): P.P. Widana Pathirana (SSPC) bt D.P.R.S. Marasingha (Dheerananda MV) Referee Stopped Contest round 2, M.S. Thishantha (Vidyaratena UC) bt A.G.D.N. Kumarathunga (Vidyartha) 4-1;

Light Fly weight (46-48kg): Y.M. Hossen (Sri Sumangala, Kandy) bt J.I.D. Rathnayaka (Pallebola) 4-1, E.M.D.S. de Seram (Mahanama) bt K.P.J. Prasan (Gamini CC) 5-0;

Fly weight (48-50kg): Waruna Bandara (Trinity) bt I.D.G. Madushanka (Gamini CC) Abandoned round 2, G.K.P.U. Mihiran (Nalanda) bt M.C. Minalka Silva (Mahanama) ABD round 2;

Light Bantam weight (50-52kg): H.M.A.S. Karunanayake (Vidyaratena UC) bt T.M.I.D.Bandara (Peradeniya MMV) 4-1, R.G.K. Wishwa (Kamburupitiya MV) bt Hamdan Faizal (Trinity College) 4-1;


Youth Boys & Girls Championship


Light Fly weight (48kg): R.G.S.T. Kavindiya (Peradeniya BC) bt M.N. Rajapaksha (Gamini CC BC) 4-1, M. Vithursana (Vidiyal MV) bt S Wayanga Rathnapuli (Sri Piyaratne MMV, Padukka) RSC round 3, J. Thanusiya (Thirinyana Sambandan M) bt S. Jashika (Puthiyankattu MV) ABD round 1, A.G.H.D. Premasiri (Pilimatalawa MMV) bt W.M.N. Dananjanee (Don Pedris MV,

Horana) ABD round 1;

*Fly weight (51kg): S Sudarnila (Mutiyankattu MV) bt A. Shyanthiny (Puthukulam MV) RSC round 1, D.O. Jayaweera (Seetha Devi BMV) bt M. Dalini (Vidyal NS) 3-2, N.A.T. Sandunika Gamini CC BC) bt N.M. Gimhani (SPCC) ABD round 2;


Light Fly weight (49kg) A.A.C.H. Abeysinghe (Sivali) bt R.M.D. Rathnayaka (Sri Sumangala, Kandy) RD round 1, R.G.T.W.K. Rajapaksha (Kingswood) bt H.M. Janith Sasanka (Mahanama) 5-0, P.R.P. Nandasiri (Vidyaratena UC) bt P. Gopithan (Hartley College) 5-0, G.D.I.S. Hansaja (Vidyartha) bt L.M.V.D. Kularatne (Dharmaraja) 4-1;

Fly weight (52kg): M.G.J.D. Bandara (Bandaranayake MMV, Veyangoda) bt A.P. Ruveen Jayasinghe (Bandaranayake MMV, Gampaha RSC round 2, J.K.N. Tharinda Nethmina (Narandeniya MV) bt J.K.R.P. Jayakody (Kingswood) ABD round 2, A.H. Maduranga (Vidyaratena UC) bt S.P.G.C.V. Rathnasiri (Peradeniya BC) 5-0, H.P. Walpola (Rajasinghe MV, Hanwella) bt P. Ruban (Mutiyankattu MV) 4-1;

Bantam weight (56kg): L.R.G.G. Pahasara (Dheerananda MV) bt P.K. Savi Vidushan (Mahanama) 5-0, D.J. Carnie (St. John’s) bt R.M.U. L. Rathnayaka (Sri Sumangala, Kandy) RSC round 2, J.K.D.T. Rashmika (Vidyaratena UC) bt M.A.K.P. Manathunga (St. Sylvester’s) 3-2;

Light weight (60kg): Dinith Chirathma (Mahanama) bt S.R. Gallage (Vidyaratena UC) 4-1, D.D. Jayasinghe (St. Sylvester’s) bt A.L. Jayasinghe )S. Thomas’) RSC round 1, R.A.D.B.H. Ranathunga (Dharmaraja) bt D.G..A.R.K. Lashitha (Vidyananda College) 4-1, A. Abiyanthan (Nelliadi) bt M.C. Poojana (Vidyartha) 4-1, M.A.M. Amjad (Kingswood College BC) bt H.S.K. de Silva ( SPCC) RSC round 1;

Light Welter weight (64kg): R.A.H.L.S. Somasiri (Vidyartha) bt H.A.K.T. Madushanka (Vidyaratena UC) 5-0, K.G.S.S.C.B. Kapukotuwa (St. Sylvester’s) bt K. Nitheesan (Vidyananda College) 5-0, A.M.A.G.R.S.B. Abeykoon (Kingswood) bt S.M. Nipun Madushanka (Anuruddha) 4-1;

Welter weight (69kg): Miranga Subasinghe (Trinity) bt K. Jethursan (Vidyananda College) 5-0, A.F.A. Nishad (S. Thomas’) bt W.A.W. Wijekoon (Kingswood) 5-0, E.P.G.G.D.C. Ilandara (Dheerananda MV) bt S. Thevakulan (Hartley College) RSC injury round 1, D.V.K. Thenabadu (St. Sylvester’s) bt I.K.C. Jayalath (Vidyaratena UC)

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