20 Feb 2018

A new WBC Asian Super-Middleweight interim champion was crowned in the wonderful city of New Delhi on Saturday the 10th of February, when a young man from northern India outshone the boxer standing opposing him within the proverbial squared circle.

That aforementioned young man, well 26-years old to be exact, is Brijesh Meena (8-2-0), a former Asian Boxing Council Silver Super-Middleweight champion.

He faced off against Dennis Padua (11-14-2), a native of The Philippines, a boxer who going into the bout with Brijesh was fresh off a loss to the experienced Japanese boxer Akinori Watanabe (35-7-0).

Brijesh for his part went into this championship fight on the back of six straight wins, his last loss was back in 2016, to Thailand’s Teelapong Maporn (1-1-0).

The battle itself was scheduled for ten rounds. There were periods of thunderous exchanges between these two orthodox boxers — with both pugilists trading a multitude of heavy-shots throughout the contest — both fighters chose to fight this bout at close quarters.

The eight round saw the bout come to a halt after Brijesh landed some decisive body-shots — and a couple of exquisite uppercuts, which were the precursor to the referee stepping in to end proceedings after Padua was on the receiving end of a barrage of unanswered punches from his steely Indian opponent.

Much to the pleasure of the home crowd, Brijesh’s hand was raised in glorious victory, and so with that, the Indian boxing revolution continues.

The referee in charge was the highly experienced American Frank Garza and the attending ringside WBC Supervisor was Patrick Cusick.

By: Kevin P Noone


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