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Nine Army, six WAPDA boxers reach finals

Nine Army, six WAPDA boxers reach finals

By Alam Zeb Safi KARACHI: Nine boxers from Army and six from WAPDA qualified for the finals on the penultimate day of the 36th National Men’s Boxing Championship at the WAPDA Sports Complex, Lahore, on Tuesday. Two each from Navy and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and one from Railways made it to the title clash. No knock-out win was seen from any fighter on the day. The event, being held after two years, serves as trials to pick 30 players for the national camp for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. In the 49kg semi-finals, Navy’s Daud Khan defeated Mohammad Naeem of Punjab, while Mohibullah of WAPDA got the better of Mehroz Ali of PAF. In the 52kg semi-finals, Ameer Hamza of WAPDA whacked Inamullah of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan’s Olympics hope Mohammad Asif of Army defeated Noor Ali of Railways. In the 56kg pre-finals, Naqeebullah of WAPDA beat Amir Khan of Navy, while Mohammad Raza of Army got the better of Afzal Rehman of K-Electric. K-Electric have revived their team which they had disbanded a few years ago. In the 60kg semi-finals, Ibrahim of Army defeated Mohibullah of Balochistan, while international Ali Ahmed of WAPDA breezed past the 2010 Dhaka South Asian Games gold medallist Niamatullah of PAF. In the 64kg semi-finals, international Suleman Baloch of Army edged past Amir Masood of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Adnan Hasan of PAF overwhelmed Sardar Mohammad of WAPDA. In the 69kg semi-finals, Amir Khan of WAPDA defeated Faraz Ahmed of Sindh, while Army’s Gul Zeb overpowered Ehsanullah of Punjab. In 75kg, Zulqarnain of Army whacked Arshad Hussain of PAF and international Tanveer Ahmed of Navy got the better of Javed Akhtar of Railways. In 81kg pre-finals, Naeem Khan of PAF defeated Hamza Butt of Punjab and Awais Ali Khan of Army, who is Pakistan’s most experienced fighter and current top seed, downed Niamatullah of WAPDA. In the 91kg semi-finals, Ghulam Shabbir of Railways prevailed over Usman Ghani of FATA and Ahmed Ali of Army got the better of highly experienced international Mehmood-ul-Hasan of PAF. In +91kg, Mir Wais of WAPDA defeated Mir Azam of PAF and Waqas Ahmed of Army overwhelmed Hafeezullah of Punjab. The finals will be held on Wednesday (today). In the National Women Boxing Championship, Razia Bano of Sindh and Punjab’s Rukhsana Parveen and Arzoo Sharif won gold medals in their respective weight categories. In flyweight (48-51kg) Razia of Sindh got gold, Khoushleem Bano of Punjab secured silver, while Tayyaba Bano of Islamabad and Safeena of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa secured bronze medals. In lightweight (57-60 kg), Rukhsana Perveen of Punjab got a gold medal, Memona Bibi of Balochistan grabbed silver, while Ammara of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Iqra of Islamabad clinched bronze medals. In middle weight (69-75kg), Arzoo Ashraf of Punjab claimed gold, Sofia Javed of KP secured silver, while Sadiqa of Balochistan got bronze. More than 130 pugilists from across the country are showing their worth in the event.



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