Sports Boxing

Manoj Kumar is declared winner in the match against Uttar Pradesh boxer Rahul Gupta. (Manoj Kumar Twitter photo)

VISAKHAPATNAM — Railways stars Manoj Kumar and Mandeep Jangra had an easy day in the ring as they comfortably won their respective matches on Day 2 of the Elite Men’s National Boxing Championship here Oct. 26.

Kumar, the 2010 Commonwealth Gold medalist, was declared the winner against Uttar Pradesh's Rahul Gupta in the second round itself as the referee stopped the contest.

In the first round of his welterweight (69 kilogram) bout, Kumar maintained a safe distance from Gupta but still kept landing his jabs and hooks.

"It was all about getting the cobwebs out in the initial round as I attacked without taking any risk," he explained later.

He showed a glimpse of his prowess in the second round as he mounted a vicious attack. A perfect combination of a right jab and a left hook saw his opponent biting the dust.

The referee felt that Gupta couldn't continue and Kumar was given a ticket into the next round.

"It was an easy fight for me. But I know the competition will get tougher as the tournament progresses," Kumar conceded.

For 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Jangra too, it was a one-sided affair against Tamil Nadu's R. Prakash Raj. 

In their middleweight (75kg) category contest, Jangra and Raj began on a cautious note. But Jangra's right hook soon began to assert itself. Raj countered with a few of his own punches to seem like an equal fight after the first round.

But Jangra came into his own in the second round and inflicted maximum damage. Raj made a desperate attempt to come back in the final round but by then it was too late. Jangra was declared the winner by a unanimous 5-0 verdict. 

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