Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Friday
Ramkumar Ramanathan scored an upset win over Sumit Nagal in an exciting all India contest to enter the semi-finals of the KPIT MSLTA Challenger in Pune on Friday.
In their first meeting this year at the Challenger level, 25-year-old Ramkumar, seeded sixth, notched up a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over Indian No 2 Sumit Nagal, seeded third, in a 97-minute thriller.
Ramkumar will now take on second seeded James Duckworth, who went through close moments to stop another Indian Sasikumar Mukund 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in a 2 hour and 16-minute battle.
In the doubles, top seeds Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan registered a dominant 6-3, 6-4 win over Tunisia's Aziz Dougaz and Frenchman Calvin Hemery in the quarter-finals.
In the semi-finals, the Indian pair will take on fourth seeded Brydan. Klein of Great Britian and N Vijay Sundar Prashanth of India, who easily disposed of Indian pair of Niki Poonacha and Annirudh Chandrasekar 6-2, 6-3 in another match.
Indian Boxing league to be held from December 2-21
A first-ever Olympic style Indian Boxing league will be held from December 2 to 21, the organisers said on Friday.
The league will witness the participation of Olympic medallists & world champions, including MC Mary Kom, Sonia Lather, Amit Panghal, and Manoj Kumar.
ProSportify and SportzLive owners have joined hands to create the Big Bout- Indian Boxing League with an aim to be the biggest Boxing Event in Asia.
The two companies, who are the executors of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) and Premier Badminton League (PBL), will organise the league which will be aired on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.
Six franchisee-based teams are likely to fight it out in the league which is expected to be played in three cities.