Mudiyanselage Kavinda Sanjaya Bandara continued his strong winning path in the Sri Lankan Youth National Championships
The Sri Lankan Youth National Championships for their female and male boxers was held in the capital city in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s best youth male boxer Mudiyanselage Kavinda Sanjaya Bandara amazed the local crowd with his technical skills and won one of the most difficult categories the light flyweight (49kg) in the national event.
Sri Lanka attended in the last edition of the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Bangkok with female and male boxers as well. Their best male youth boxer received the right to attend in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships which was taking place last August.
The Sri Lankan boxers are physically strong and their tactical level also increased in the recent years. Sri Lanka is planning to send their teams to all upcoming ASBC competitions including the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships which will be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia this November.
The first female gold medal was achieved by Y. Nitharshana at the light flyweight (48kg) who won all of her three contests before the final gong and spent less than one round in title contest against A.K. Liyanage. B.U. Sewwandi won the most difficult female final in the Sri Lankan Youth National Championships who had to do her very best to beat L.I.N. Malshadi at the bantamweight (54kg).
S.H. Jayasekara is another young talent in Sri Lanka who exceeded her previous level with the title of the women’s lightweight (60kg) after beating K.A. Sandamali in the final. Following that close split decision success, defending champion S.D. Mohotti (64kg), W.S. Sewweuwandi (75kg) and W.A.K. Ishara (81kg) all won their female finals easily.
Samutun Mudiyanselage Kavinda Sanjaya Bandara is Sri Lanka’s best youth male boxer who attended already in several international competitions including the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. Sri Lanka’s top future hope dominated his fights during top the road to the final of the light flyweight (49kg) where he was better than H.G.C. Lakshan.
Eleven boxers fought for the title of the male flyweight (52kg) in the Youth National Championships where the winner became E.M.N.R. Bandara who stopped all of his rivals proving his amazing strength in the event. The bantamweight (56kg) is also a strong category in Sri Lanka which was won by J.K.D.T. Rasmika who defeated N.S. Munasinghe by split decision in the final.
H.M.K.C. Ekanayaka had three contests in the Youth National Championships and defeated all of his rivals including W.T. Senuta in the final of the lightweight (60kg). I.P.K.L. Ilangarathna had a tough semi-final in the event but in the title contest of the light welterweight (64kg) he was confident against W.G.S.M. Subasinghe. K. Nitheesh (69kg), K.V.A. Kanchana (75kg) and R. Danaraj (+91kg) also have done remarkable performances in the Youth National Championships.
List of the winners in the Sri Lankan Youth National Championships
Women’s Youth 48kg: Y. Nitharshana
Women’s Youth 51kg: E. Kirushnaavani
Women’s Youth 54kg: B.U. Sewwandi
Women’s Youth 60kg: S.H. Jayasekara
Women’s Youth 64kg: S.D. Mohotti
Women’s Youth 75kg: W.S. Sewweuwandi
Women’s Youth 81kg: W.A.K. Ishara
Men’s Youth 49kg: Samutun Mudiyanselage Kavinda Sanjaya Bandara
Men’s Youth 52kg: E.M.N.R. Bandara
Men’s Youth 56kg: J.K.D.T. Rasmika
Men’s Youth 60kg: H.M.K.C. Ekanayaka
Men’s Youth 64kg: I.P.K.L. Ilangarathna
Men’s Youth 69kg: K. Nitheesh
Men’s Youth 75kg: K.V.A. Kanchana
Men’s Youth 81kg: K.G.B.S. Kapukotuwa
Men’s Youth 91kg: K. Bernad
Men’s Youth 91kg: R. Danaraj
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