Slimline are Champions

ABA National Boxing Championships 2010
By M. Shamil Amit

Slimline Boxing Club Pannala emerged champions at the 84th National Boxing Championships 2010 held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday.

Heelbathdeniya of Slimline SC (left) deals a right punch to Kumarasinghe of Navy ‘A’– Pic by Ranjith Perera

The champions regained the national title which they last won in 2007 when they secured 40 points pushing Navy (who obtained 36 points) to the second slot to regain the national boxing title after three years while defending champions Army were way behind with 16 points.

Slimline who had seven of their boxers in the final were given some anxious moments by Navy who had five boxers who had entered the final when they took the first three bouts with a minimum of fuss.
The turning point came when up-and-coming Slimline pugilist H.A.S.N. Heelbathdeniya secured a comfortable victory over Navy’s R.G.S. Kumarasinghe who was the best boxer at the nationals last year in the Light Welterweight Under 64kgs bout.

Two more wins for Slimline later in the evening almost assured them of the title but the defeat in the last bout of the day put them in a spot of bother before securing a close four points lead to become the champions. In the women’s category MAS Southern was declared the champions.

Slimline’s Heelbathdeniya was rewarded for his excellent performance when he was adjudged the Most Scientific Boxer of the meet while his victim Kumarasinghe was adjudged the Best Loser.
The best boxer’s award in the women’s category went to Army’s S.D.N.S. Karunaratne who won the Light Welterweight Under 64kgs while S.M.N. Senanayake of MAS Southern was adjudged the Best Loser.

Navy though being pushed to the second spot won the award for the Most Successful Club at the meet for their sterling performance of winning four of the five bouts that they fought in the finals.

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