Shillong, Nov 29 (PTI) Six-time Asian Championships medallist Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) and World Championships runner-up Amit Panghal (51kg) maintained their impressive form to advance into the quarterfinals of the Men's National Boxing Championships here on Wednesday.

Thapa, who won a gold medal in the last edition, demonstrated his prowess with a commanding 5-0 victory over Santhosh HK from Karnataka. The Assam pugilist will now face Shashank Pradhan of Delhi in the quarterfinals.

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Representing SSCB, Panghal warded off a challenge Punjab's Jayshandeep Singh 4-1 to set up quarterfinal bout against Mohammad Aarif of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, 2021 Asian champion Sanjeet knocked out Sawan Gill of Chandigarh 5-0 in the 92kg weight category.

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Sanjeet, representing SSCB, will face Naman Tanwar of RSPB in the quarterfinals.

Ashish Kumar from Himachal Pradesh demonstrated his swift and aggressive boxing, secured a first-round knockout victory against Nitish Kumar from Chandigarh in the 80kg category.

The Tokyo Olympian will face Lakshya of SSCB in the last-eight.

A total of over 350 boxers across 13 weight categories are participating in the championships.

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