Bellary: Nizamabad’s Mohammad Hussamuddin continued his brilliant run as he stormed into the finals of the 5th Elite Men’s National Boxing Championships at the Inspire Institute of Sports in Bellary, Karnataka on Monday.

Hussamuddin, who is representing Services, faced a tough challenge from the in-form youth world champion Sachin of Haryana. The defending champion, however, eked out a 4-1 win in an intense 57kg semi-final bout. He will fight against Delhi’s Rohit Mor in the gold medal match.

Meanwhile, the current Asian champion Sanjeet, representing Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), proved too strong for his opponent Harsh Kaushik from Delhi as he registered a convincing 5-0 win in the 92kg semi-final. Sanjeet will take on Haryana’s Naveen Kumar in the final. Naveen blanked Punjab’s Raghav Chaudhary. Final matches will take place on Tuesday.

Deepak (51kg), Akash (54kg), Etash Khan Muhammed (60kg), Dalveer Singh Tomar (63.5kg), Akash (67kg), Sumit (75kg), Sachin Kumar (80kg), Lakshya (86kg) and Narender (+92kg) were the other SSCB boxers to advance into the finals.

Meanwhile in the 63.5kg, the World Championships bronze medallist Shiva Thapa recorded a dominating victory against Uttar Pradesh’s Abhishek Yadav by unanimous margin. The experienced Assam pugilist Thapa will square off with SSCB’s Dalveer in the final.

Gold medal winners from the championships will earn themselves a chance to represent the country at the 2021 AIBA Elite Men’s World Boxing Championships which is scheduled in Serbia from October 24 to November 6.

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