punch by the Liners
By M. Shamil Amit
Slimline BC emerged champions at the 80th National Boxing Championship
concluded at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday. The winners
accumulated 39 points with Army ‘A’ having to play second
fiddle for the third successive time behind Slimline with 31 points.
Police were third with 16 points.
meet began with the Super Heavyweight bout over 91 between Navy’s
D.P.M.H. Dharmasiri and N.K.S. Silva of Army ‘B’ which
saw the former proving to be too good for his opponent, outclassing
him at 23-3. Army ‘A’ opened their account in the next
event which was the Heavyweight Under 91 with H.M.S.P. Wanninayake
brushing off the challenge offered to him by R.M.S.N. Bandara of
Air Force ‘A’ at 25-12.
Light Heavyweight Under 81kgs bout between H.M.S.P. Jayasinghe of
Police ‘A’ and R.M.S.N. Bandara of Army ‘A’
was a one sided affair with Jayasinghe cruising to an easy 27-09
win. P.R.D.A. Fernando gave Army ‘A’ their second win
when he took the Middleweight Under 75 outfoxing Police ‘A’s
W.M.T. Ratnayake, but Fernando had to pull out all the tricks before
winning 30-29.The loser for his gallant fight was awarded the best
losers prize.From there on it was Slimline ‘A’ all the
way as they went on to win five bouts at a stretch. The first was
in the Welterweight Under 69 where S.I. Kumara got the better of
another Police boxer W.M.C.S. Bandara by 26-09.
second was from seasoned boxer W.M.R. Wekadapola who had a close
call but won the Light Welterweight Under 64 defeating R.P. Weerasinghe
of Air Force 14-10.
champion team’s third win was in the Lightweight Under 60
where R.M.U. Bandara had no difficulty in overcoming A.S. Rajapakse
of Army ‘B’. Kamal Sameera a boxer with a load of experience
having participated in the recently concluded World Boxing meet
in China was too good for Police ‘A’s U.B. Ratnayake
of Police in the Featherweight Under 57 event. This win and the
performance in earlier boxing meets gave Sameera the E.L.Gray memorial
cup for the most outstanding boxer of the year.
Wanniarachchi another experienced boxer of the champion team who
also participated at the World boxing meet in China outscored his
opponent B.G. Lakshman Kumara of Army ‘B’ in the Bantamweigt
remaining two bouts the Flyweight Under 51 Under 51 and Light Flyweight
Under 48 were won by Army ‘A’ boxers H.P.L. Jayantha
Kumara and T.M.C. Tennekoon. But the wins could not prevent Slimline
becoming the champs. Jayantha Kumara was awarded the best boxers
prize while Army was adjudged the most successful club of the year
having won the Clifford Cup, Women’s champion and having the
most number of wins at the Layton Cup meet.