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Published: Friday February 8, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 3:42:12 PM

Boxing tournament attracts international fighters

Right in the kisser: Ramkumar (in red) and Mohd
Azwadi in action in the men’s 69kg final.

Right in the kisser: Ramkumar (in red) and Mohd Azwadi in action in the men’s 69kg final.

KUALA Lumpur’s G. Ramkumar punched his way to providing joy for the hosts with his victory in the 69kg contest of the Kuala Lumpur City Day International Boxing Tournament at the Titiwangsa Stadium recently.

Despite trailing by three points (4-7) in the opening round, the 22-year-old boxing instructor bounced back strongly in the final two rounds for a 22-18 win over Mohd Azwadi Ismail from the Navy in the final.

Ramkumar said he was not concerned about the slow start as he found his rhythm to reduce the deficit and went on to chalk up a point advantage (11-10) at the end of the penultimate round.

“When my opponent shot ahead, I knew that I was going to catch up. The opening round served as an opportunity for me to get into the right momentum to find my way to subdue my opponent. I gained confidence with a respectable performance in the second round. I went on a high to pull away as I moved closer to secure the win in the decisive final round,” he added.

Meanwhile, boxers from the Philippines showed they were a class above and flexed their command in the tussle for supremacy.

They captured five of the eight titles at stake through Jade Bornea (49kg), Roldan Jr Boncales (52kg), Jonas Bacho (56kg), Magliquian (60kg) and Eumir Felix Marcial (64kg).

Magliquian faced the stiffest test before he was declared the winner in a closely-contested bout with Abdullatef Mohamad Sadiq from Qatar with the final score level at 16-16.

Qatar’s Hzam Ahmad Nabah had an easier stint without having to go the full distance in the first round for the top position on the podium in the 75kg section when the referee stopped the contest in his match-up against Arif Md Nor of Air Force.

Singapore also captured the top spot with Zakaria Ismail winning in the 81kg category. The champions pocketed US$1,000 each for their victories in their respective sections.

The recent six-day meet hosted by the Kuala Lumpur Amateur Boxing Association and Kuala Lumpur City Hall was held in conjunction with Kuala Lumpur City Day celebrations.

Besides the Malaysian contenders featuring under several banners, other foreign entries from Brunei, Hong Kong and Uzbekistan also joined the occasion.

RESULTS (all finals)

- 49kg: Jade Bornea (Phi) bt Mohamad Shahril Razni (Air Force) 13-11 - 52kg: Roldan Jr Boncales (Phi) bt Mohamed Hanurdeen Hami (Sin) 20-9

- 56kg: Jonas Bacho (Phi) bt Mohamed Ajmil Hamid (Sin) 15-8

- 60kg: Magliquian (Phi) bt Abdullatef Mohamad Sadiq (Qtr) 16-16 - 64kg: Eumir Felix Marcial (Phi) bt Wan Mohd Ridzuan Wan Aziz (Air Force) 14-4

- 69kg: G. Ramkumar (Kuala Lumpur) bt Mohd Azwadi Ismail (Navy) 22-18

- 75kg: Hzam Ahmad Nabah (Qtr) bt Arif Md Nor (Air Force) Referee stopped contest

- 81kg: Zakaria Ismail (Sin) bt Davron Kurinboyev (Kuala Lumpur) 12-7

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Sport, Sport, KL City Day Boxing

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