Indian pugilists excel on Day One of boxing at MWG

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Hyderabad, Oct 15 (UNI) Indian pugilists made a flying start in the boxing competition, with four of them scoring easy victories over their rivals at the Military World Games here today.

National Games winner Narjit Singh set the tone with a show of ruthless attack against Nampala Ruben of Namibia before coming out victorious in the 54kg category first round bout. His domination was such that the referee had to stop fight after the Indian had taken 24-4 lead in the second round.

Thoi Thoi did not have to face much challenge in his 19-9 victory over Benkhaoula Imad of Algeria.

In the 64 kg, Satya Raju had to work harder in his 27-17 win over another Algerian Filali Nasreddine though Indian's superiority was never in doubt. D Bhagyaranjan then toyed with Tello Moejane of Lesotho in the 69 kg first round bout with a 19-3 verdict.

India's other medal hopefuls, including Doha Asian Games bronze medalist Verghese Johnson (+91 kg), Som Bahadur Pun (64 kg), AL Lakra (57 kg), will have their bouts tomorrow.

India is fielding contestants in all 11 weight categories with the hope of fetching a rich haul of medals from this discipline.

Other results: 54 kg: Yunhao Ma (China) beat Ouadahi Mohd Amine (Algeria) 20-13 Z Zhandybaev (Russia) beat A.Kikhtenko (Ukraine) 23-9 H Ulugbek (Uzbekistan) beat Nguyen Trong (Vietnam) 32-9 60 kg: V Matviichuk (Ukraine) beat Mpotsang (Botswana) 11-4 O Yachmenev (Russia) beat O Mehdi (Morocco) 14-0 64 kg: Nkabiti (Botswana) won Abdulzahir (Afghanistan) retired L Chun Suk (Korea) beat Mohamedabdel Rah (Qatar) RSC (OS) Miguel Cobo (Ecuador) beat A Mohamed Musabb (UAE) 69 kg: B Kerin (Slovenia) beat Hakan Ozyurt (Turkey) 18 - 2 R Karimov (Germany) beat Nick Abaka (Kenya) 26-17 UNI

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