NE Rhinos registered a vital 4-3 win over Odisha Warriors at the Big Bout League which took place at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Complex in New Delhi on Thursday.
The North East Rhinos fought without Nikhat Zareen who fought in women’s 51kg category but the disqualification of Warriors’ Jasurbek Latipov worked as an equaliser for Rhinos
The shut out win for the Rhinos could have landed them in the third spot behind Gujarat Giants (14 points from three matches) and Punjab Panthers (12 points from three) but they failed to win the last two fights of the night which resulted in them being in the fourth place (11 points from three matches) behind Odisha Warriors (13 points from four matches).
Pwilao Basmuatary of NE Rhinos defeated Sandhya Rani 4-1 via decision in the women’s 60kg bout.
Mandeep Jangra of NE Rhinos defeated Jakhangir Rakhmonov of Warriors in the 69kg bout. With his amazing victory, Mandeep Jangra joined Amit Panghal (Gujarat Giants), MC Mary Kom (Punjab Panthers) and Simranjit Kaur (Bengaluru Brawlers) as the only boxers to maintain an undefeated record in the league.
“It was a very difficult bout as the opponent was not that skilful. I deceived him with my skills and won the bout easily” – Mandeep Jangra said after his fight.
Shiksha of Warriors secured a close victory against Meenakshi of Rhinos in the women’s 51kg bout. It was an exciting back and forth action. This was also the league debut for both the boxers. The judges scored the bout for Shiksha via a split decision.
Argentine boxer Francisco Veron who was representing NE Rhinos using his longer reach and superior skills against Pramod Kumar of Warriors in the 75kg bout to defeat him via unanimous decision.
The other bout of the night pit the table-toppers Gujarat Giants against Bombay Bullets (7 points from two matches), who were ahead of the Bengaluru Brawlers (6 from three).