Mohd Azahar crowned new WBC India Champion
It was supposed to have been a walk in the park for Dharamvir Singh (7-4, 6KO), as prior to this fight, Modh Azahar (5-5-1, 4KO), who had only won twice from his last seven bouts, was ranked 7th in the division and Singh was ranked at No 3. All of that changed in a matter of 32 minutes of pure boxing at the Diggaj Dharam Boxing Hub in Gurugram, New Delhi, as 21-year-old underdog Azahar, won a unanimous points decision at the end of eight gruelling rounds, snotching a second consecutive victory for only the second time in his career.
As if on cue, away fighter Azahar lost the opening round on all threes judges’ cards, looking like it would be a shutout for the favourite Singh, but then went on to win the next seven rounds convincingly to become the first ever WBC Indian National champion in the Super Featherweight division.
The judges scored the fight 79-72, 76-75 and 79-72 in Azahar’s favour.
Azhar, proved to be the better technical fighter before a partisan crowd. He spoke post-fight, “I was comfortable, just sticking to doing what I do best. The game plan was to hit and not get hit. I fought a good smart fight. He couldn’t hit me with any of his best shots.”
Dharamvir, now has a record of 7 wins and 4 losses. His previous loss had come over 3 years back before the Covid 19 pandemic derailed the best laid boxing plans.