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Indian Thapa TKO Nadir in Asian Games boxing event to enter quarter.

INCHEON -- Powerful Shiva Thapa of India technically knocked out (TKO) Nadir Baloch of Pakistan to advance in the quarterfinal rounds of Asian Games Boxing event here at the Seonhak Gymnasium on Friday.

Thapa's punches proved too much for Nadir as referee Birgar Allan Roos stopped the bout in the first round after just one minutes 05 seconds.

It was a great revenge by Shiva Thapa almost 15 hours after Pakistan hockey team defeated India at Munhak Stadium before a vociferous crowd on Thursday.

Thapa adopted attacking approach from the outset and unsettled his opponent with flurry of punches and Nadir was profusely bleeding from the right eyebrow after receiving a big cut and referee stopped the bout declaring Indian winner on TKO due to injury to Nadir.

Nadir, who received a cut on the left eyebrow in his opening round bout, was taken to hospital for treatment. But received no stitching and was taken to village where he will be taking rest.

Pakistan's main medal hope and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Mohammad Waseem will be seen in action on Saturday in flyweight division. He will be facing R.I.Chungli of South Korea in the last 16 round.

Country's most experienced pugilist, Waseem is ranked 9th in the Asian Games. He would be facing strong challenge to reach the semifinal in presence of formidable boxers from Central Asian Republics, China, Korea, and Thailand.

Pakistan coach Ali Bakhsh, himself a gold medallist in lightfly class in 1982 New Delhi Asian Games was also pinning hope on Waseem.

"It will be tough against Korean boxer. Because they fight with a lot of courage and are tough customer," he said.

"Waseem's international experience may be key. But he had produce his best the local Korean boxer," he said.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Sep 27, 2014
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