Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) Abdul Wahid Kakar lifted the super heavyweight title at the national boxing Velo Cup Championship in Islamabad.
Kakar defeated Army’s seasoned pugilist Muhammad Waqar 16-7 in a one-sided match to win the title.
“Kakar is a talented boxer, and the good thing is that he is still young, so he has time to improve even more,” Kakar’s incharge Ali Akber Shah Qadri told The Express Tribune.
“It was a great championship; we witnessed potential talent among many participants. We always lacked competition in the super heavyweight category, but I see a good future for Kakar and other boxers.”
The championship featured 122 boxers in 110 bouts over four days.
Army’s Muhammad Atif won the heavyweight title when he defeated his fellow Army boxer Muhammad Babar.
Meanwhile, Army’s Muhammad Owais defeated PAF’s Mirza Adam 21- 8 to win the light heavyweight title, while Army’s Zulqar Nain won the middleweight event by outplaying Navy’s Tanveer.
Balochistan’s SM Asif also won the flyweight final bout against Navy’s Muhammad Nisar 22-12.
Navy’s Munir outmanoeuvred Army’s Adil Khan 17-9 to clinch the welterweight title.
According to Qadri, the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) will now choose the top 20 boxers from the championship, who will train at the Asian Games training camp in Islamabad.
“We’ll be sending 16 boxers to the Asian Games in September, but we’re inviting 20 in the camp so that we’ll have a good pool to choose from.”
Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2014.
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