India’s pugilist Mayengbam Thomas Meitei entered semi final of the Men’s Light Welter weight (64kg) at the ongoing 21st International Boxing Simon Trestin Memorial Boxing Tournament 2017 at Odessa in Ukraine.
The National Games 2015, Kerala gold medallist had no problem in beating his opponent to reach the medal round. In the quarter final bout, he knocked out the boxer Shtonda Walentin of the host Ukraine in the 1st minute of the 2nd round.
Besides Thomas Meitei, young boxer Neeraj Swami who competed in men’s Light Fly weight (49kg) also cruised to semi final.
The Indian team was represented by five boxers. They were:
1) Neeraj Swami (49kg)
2) Laldinmawia (52kg)
3) Mayengbam Thomas Meitei (64kg)
4) Ashish Kumar (75kg) and
5) Reyal Puri (81kg).