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Mary Kom, Shiva enter SAG fil

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  15 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

From Our Correspondent

SHILLONG, Feb 14: MC Mary Kom stormed into the fils of the 51 kg category of her boxing bout in the 12th South Asian games defeating her opponent Shami Akter of Bangladesh by Technical Knockout (TKO).

She will face Sri Lanka's Anusha Kodituwakku Dilrukshi, who defeated her Nepalese opponent Gurung Minu.

The Olympian entered the ring to a rousing cheer as the NEHU, SAI Special Area Games indoor stadium echoed with calls of 'Mary Mary' as the most sought after bout of the day got underway.

Mary Kom's Bangladesh opponent in the blue corner, Shami Akter was in her shell in the first round not willing to let the Indian get to business. The Indian stepped the gas button in the second round bringing in to play all her experience and footwork to knock two straight punches. What followed was a technical knockout for the Bangladeshi.

Meanwhile, in what was another day of domition for the Indians, L Devendro Singh (Light fly 46-49 kg), Shiva Thapa (Bantam 56 kg), Madan lal (Fly 52 kg), Dheeraj (Light 60 kg), Manoj Kumar (Light Welter 64 kg), Mandeep Jangra (Welter 69 kg), Vikas Krishan (Middle 75 kg), L Sarita Devi (women's light 57-60 kg) and Pooja Rani (women's middle 69-75 kg) also made it to the fils.

Sarita Devi, who had ousted her opponent within 40 seconds en route to the semi fil on Saturday, was well resisted by her Nepal opponent Saraswati Ra but nevertheless won the bout 3-0.

While Round 1 was thoroughly domited by Sarita, the opponent stood up to the challenge in the second, though only for a while, to make Sarita sweat.

The five-time Asian champion Sarita then killed competition in the fil round to proceed.

Earlier, Shiva Thapa put up yet another domiting show dismissing his Bangladesh rival 3-0. Shiva delivered a straight punch right way to set the tempo. Md Ohiduzzaman somehow survived two technical knockout calls even as he was rattled by a right jab. The Assam boxer's speed was also too hot to handle for the Bangladeshi who could only wait for the inevitable.

In other bouts Pakistan's Ruksa Parveen was handed over a round 3 technical knockout by Sri Lanka's M Vidhushika.

In another exciting bout, Afghanistan's Rahemi Alla delivered a severe blow to Bangladesh' Rahim Abdur for a round 1 TKO.

Come Monday, it would be an almost all India-Pakistan affair with India's Devendro Singh taking on Pakistan's Mohib Ulla in the light fly category fil, Vikas Krishan fighting Pakistan's Ahmed Tanveer in the middle weight category fil, Dheeraj taking on Pakistan's Ahmed Ali light weight category, Madan Lal challenging Pakistan's Syed Md Asif in the fly weight category. Mandeep Jangra, meanwhile will face Afghanistan's Rahemi Alla in the welter category, Shiva Thapa will play Sri lanka's R Thili in the bantam category fil and Manoj Kumar will battle it out with D Suparamadu.

The women's fils will be played on Tuesday.

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