Nepal’s last hope Anjani Teli won her nation’s first contest in Bangkok

Nepal’s last hope Anjani Teli remained her chance alive to earn a spot for Paris following her victory at the 2nd World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Bangkok on Day5.

Altogether 579 boxers from 133 countries are participating in the 2nd World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Bangkok where the total number of the available quotas for the Paris 2024 Olympics is 51. The number of the coaches, officials and team delegations members is 610 in Thailand.

Nepal’s last hope in Bangkok, Anjani Teli was a quarter-finalist at the 2023 Women’s World Boxing Championships and she was focused from the first seconds in her Asian battle against Hong Kong’s Winnie Au Yin Yin. The 25-year-old boxer from Nepal controlled the contest well enough and she secured her nation’s first victory in Bangkok where she advanced to the Round of 16 of the women’s bantamweight (54kg).

Mongolia’s Enkhjargal Munguntsetseg has strong concurrency in her homeland but the Women’s World bronze medallist fought out her place to this last chance qualifier. The Mongolian bantamweight (54kg) boxer did not underestimate Japan’s southpaw Mikoto Harada and she was better and better in each round. Munguntsetseg produced a great finish as in all of her previous championships and she won this bout by unanimous decision.

Philippines’ Carlo Paalam, the Tokyo Olympics silver medallist, is one of the top names at the men’s featherweight (57kg) in Bangkok. The Filipino used his tricky style of boxing against an attacking fighter, Turkmenistan’s Shukur Ovezov and he was favoured in all of the five judges’ scorecards after three minutes. Paalam felt the rhythm against his southpaw opponent from Turkmenistan and he won all of the three rounds to march to the last 16.

India’s Sachin Siwach regained his place in the national team at the featherweight (57kg) following the Asian Games. The 21-year-old boxer had an older rival, Denmark’s most experienced Frederik Lundgaard Jensen but Sachin’s dynamism and energetic attacks guaranteed his place in the last 16.

Thailand’s Rujakran Juntrong was near to qualify for the Paris Olympics in the Asian Games where he claimed a bronze medal. The 28-year-old boxer worked hard from the first seconds against Azerbaijan’s ex-Russian Shamil Askerov in their featherweight (57kg) contest. The Thai felt the support of the home crowd and he demonstrated his outstanding combinations to win this tight preliminary bout.

Mongolia’s 2021 ASBC Asian Champion Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu and Iran’s Tokyo Olympian Daniyal Shakhbakhsh met each other in the last bout of the evening session. The 32-year-old Mongolian prepared to the Iranian counter-attacks and his strategy worked well in the first round of their featherweight (57kg) bout. The tough Kharkhuu enjoyed his return to a major championship and he won this preliminary meeting by unanimous decision.

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