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ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships in UAE

Sri Lanka’s Usaith Hossen in historic triumph over Malaysian Boxer

Sri Sumangala College, Kandy boxer Yazmin Mohamed Usaith Hossen created history at the ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships being held in Fujairah, UAE when he defeated Malaysia's Pavithran Kanth in a preliminary round contest on Saturday.

This is the first time Sri Lanka has ever won a fight in the history of the championship as the 14-year-old gangly southpaw used his height and reach to advantage to earn a unanimous decision in the Light Fly (48kg) weight contest with all five judges scoring 30-27 in his favour.

Usaith born in 2004 will be turning 15 only after the ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships but has been boxing since the age of 11. He attacked aggressively in all three rounds using his longer reach to outbox his opponent with left and right jabs.

The Boxing Association of Sri Lanka's policy of sending school boxers for international meets seems to be reaping dividends. 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 held in Kuwait in July.

Usaith is part of an eight-member Sri Lanka team comprising four boys and four girls taking part in this championship after winning a selection trial meet held in August. Girls are competing for the first time in this championship.

Altogether 33 contests were held on the third day of boxing with Usaith's historic triumph being one of the highlights of the evening. A record breaking number of 239 boxers, including 170 male and 69 female athletes are competing in Fujairah.

Ashen Karunanayake lost to Alizera Shabanzadeh of Iran in the Light Bantam (52kg) weight class on the second day of the competition Friday.

Sri Lanka has got the luck of thedraw with two boys - Matharage Suraj Thisatha and Mihiran Umayanga - and three girls - Sewwandi Harishma Kawumini, Ghethari Kavindiya Kulathunga and Vishmi Nethara - have drawn byes into the quarter finals. 

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