Twenty boxers earned their gold medals at the Pakistan National Games in Quetta

Twenty boxers earned their gold medals at the Pakistan National Games which finished in the city of Quetta, Baluchistan province. The National Games was one of the selection tournaments for the boxing tournament of the Asian Games.

The women boxers were able to participate in seven weight categories in this National Games, mostly in the smaller divisions but the light heavyweight (81kg) and the heavyweight (+81kg) both added to the official program. The male boxers competed from the minimumweight (48kg) up to the super heavyweight (+92kg).

Humna Mumtaz won the first female title in the National Games but Saher Atif of Army had a more difficult contest in the second final. Atif defeated Bushra Akhtar of Air Force and she earned the gold medal at the light flyweight (50kg).

Army’s duo, Due Zehra and Fatima Zehra defeated their rivals such as Shahzadi Sakhi and the national team member Mehreen Baloch taking the titles of the bantamweight (54kg) and featherweight (57kg). Army’s Rimsha Gaffar (52kg), Afra Khurram (81kg) and Wapda’s Mubashra (+81kg) won the remaining female titles in Quetta.

Pakistan Navy’s ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships bronze medallist 23-year-old Zohaib Rasheed earned historic international results in 2022 and he defeated his main rivals at the minimumweight (48kg) in Quetta as Army’s Muhammad Faheem And Air Force’s Muhammad Ayub.

Following Atta Ullah’s and Muhammad Qasim’s triumphs in Quetta, the most anticipated final was held at the featherweight (57kg). Pakistan’s Army boxer Zakir Hussain, the multiple National Champion lost to Naqeeb Ullah this time and he earned only a silver medal.

Army’s Ibrar Ali won his second national event at the light welterweight (63.5kg), while Army’s veteran Gul Zaib also dominated his category, the welterweight (67kg) in Quetta. Wapda’s Ahasanullah was the surprise winner at the light middleweight (71kg), he subdued Navy’s Shahab Khan in the final.

Two national team members, Saif-ul-Manan and Tanveer Ahmed joined the finals of the middleweight (75kg) and the first won their anticipated meeting. Army’s National Champion Bilawal Zia moved back to the light heavyweight (80kg) but he had the skills to beat Air Force’s Ajmal Pathan in the final.

The veteran Mahmood-ul-Hassan, Army’s Irfan Khan and Mohammed Azher won the heaviest weight categories in Quetta. Azher (+92kg) defeated the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games competitor, Muhammad Sanaullah in the quarter-finals and none of his opponents were able to stop his glorious way.

The list of the winners at the 2023 Pakistan National Games
Women’s 48kg: Humna Mumtaz
Women’s 50kg: Saher Atif
Women’s 52kg: Rimsha Ghaffar
Women’s 54kg: Dua Zehra
Women’s 57kg: Fatima Zehra
Women’s 81kg: Afra Khurram
Women’s +81kg: Mubashra
Men’s 48kg: Zohaib Rasheed
Men’s 51kg: Atta Ullah
Men’s 54kg: Muhammad Qasim
Men’s 57kg: Naqeeb Ullah
Men’s 60kg: A. Ibrahim
Men’s 63.5kg: Ibrar Ali
Men’s 67kg: Gul Zaib
Men’s 71kg: Ahusan Ullah
Men’s 75kg: Saif-ul-Manan
Men’s 80kg: Bilawal Zia
Men’s 86kg: Mahmood-ul-Hassan
Men’s 92kg: Irfan Khan
Men’s +92kg: Mohammed Azher

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