The opening day of the Asian Confederation Boxing Championship saw Amir Khan and Mohammad Waseem kick off their campaigns with comfortable victories.
Khan came out victorious against Iraq’s Hayder Sapri 16-7 in the 64 kilogramme (kg) event, completely outplaying his opponent in a matter of 35 minutes. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s main medal hope Waseem defeated Turkmenistan’s Jumayev Zarip 26-16 in the 52kg category to progress to the second round of the championship.
“It’s good to have a strong start because it sets the momentum for the rest of the tournament,” Waseem told The Express Tribune. “The first bout wasn’t that difficult but the central Asian boxers will pose a tough challenge.”
Pakistan suffered a setback when Arshad Husain lost to Iraq’s Mohammad Zaitoni in the 69kg category. After eight rounds, the judges declared Zaitoni the winner, with both the boxers tied at 20-20.
Usman Butt lost his 56kg bout against Kyrgyzstan’s Mamakeev Meder 30-6 in a one-sided encounter.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2011.