By M. Shamil Amit
Army BC and MAS Unichela BC emerged Men’s and Women’s champions respectively at the 94th National Boxing Championship which concluded at the Royal MAS Arena Boxing Ring.
Army BC regained the title after a lapse of two years having last won in 2017 while MAS Unichela BC clinched the Women’s title for the fourth successive year.
Army BC bagged five Gold Medals, one Silver Medal and three Bronze Medals while second placed MAS Slimline BC the defending champions ended with three Gold Medals, five Silver Medals and one Bronze Medal.
Navy BC followed in third place with one Gold Medal, one Silver Medal and five Bronze Medals.
In the Women’s category, defending champions MAS Unichela BC were way ahead bagging five Gold Medals while Air Force BC were second with two Gold Medals and Police BC third with one Gold and three Silver Medals.
The champion Army BC also had the honour of being adjudged the Most Outstanding Club for 2019 which earned them the Muttiah Xavier Memorial Challenge Cup.
In addition, W. A. R. Sandakelum of Army BC was adjudged the Most Outstanding Boxer of 2019 with K. A. D. Dharmatileke from the champion MAS Unichela BC was adjudged Most Outstanding Boxer in the Women’s category.
Meanwhile Police BC’s P. A. R. Prasanna was adjudged Best Boxer of the Nationals in the Men’s category and P. G. E. Madushan of Air Force BC took the Best Loser Award.
In the Women’s category R. A. Nadeeka Pushpakumari of Vidyaratana BC bagged the Best Boxers Award for the second successive year with R. K. A. A. Ranasinghe of MAS Unichela BC taking the Best Loser Award.
Syed Abdul Kadir a former National champion of Singapore was the Chief Guest.
(Women’s): Light Flyweight 48kg: Nadeeka Pushpakumari (Vidyaratana BC) beat R. K. A. A. Ranasinghe (MAS Unichela BC). Flyweight 51kg: A. A. K. Nilmini (MAS Unichela BC) beat K. Ithugadevi (Uphill BC). Bantamweight 54kg: M. P. S. S. Cooray (Air Force BC) beat W. S. P. Ratnayake (Police BC). Featherweight 57kg: K. A. D. Dharmatileke (MAS Unichela BC) beat K. A. D. Himashi (Narandeniya BC). Lightweight 60kg: K. A. K. Hansika (MAS Unichela BC) beat P. A. H. C. Pasyala (Air Force BC). Light Welterweight 64kg: B. D. R. Mendis (Kotelawala DU) beat W. W. A. K. Thiwanka (Air Force BC). Welterweight 69kg: A. W. A. K. Sandaruwani (Police BC) beat T. D. S. Rashmika (Kotelawala DU). Middleweight 75kg: I. W. S. S. Chandrasekera (MAS Unichela BC) beat P. U. Jayasuriya (Police BC). Heavyweight 81kg: G. D. M. H. Jayadeva (MAS Unichela BC) beat M. P. H. M. Jayawardena (MAS Unichela BC). Super Heavyweight 91+kg: K. A. G. N. Kaluarachchi (Air Force BC) beat T. B. S. M. Bandara (Police BC).
(Men’s): Light Flyweight 49kg: Sujeewa Nishan (Army BC) beat N. Jinadasa (MAS Slimline BC). Flyweight 52kg: K. V. L. Eranda (MAS Slimline BC) beat P. G. E. Madushan (Air Force BC). Bantamweight 56kg: P. A. R. Prasanna (Police BC) beat U. N. K. Amarawansha (MAS Slimline BC). Lightweight 60kg: N. B. A. J. Vimukthi Perera (Army BC) beat M.S. Sandaruwan (MAS Slimline BC). Light Welterweight 64kg: R. W. M. S. Rajakaruna (Army BC) beat P. V. D. D. Saparamadu (MAS Slimline BC). Welterweight 69kg: H. N. M. Hettiarachchi (MAS Slimline BC) beat V. Nicholas (Army BC). Middleweight 75kg: W. K. M. K. Ariyaratne (Navy BC) beat H. W. G .P. Ratnasiri (Police BC). Light Heavyweight 81kg: W. A. R. Sandakelum (Army BC) beat H. M. P. M. Silva (Air Force BC). Heavyweight 91kg: G. G. D. A. Gunasekera (MAS Slimline BC) beat B. N. S. Sampath (Navy BC). Super Heavyweight 91+kg: A. R. B. E. Tilekeratne (Army BC) beat A. M. I. H. Abeysinghe (MAS Slimline BC).