ISLAMABAD – Pakistani boxer Nisar Hussain outpointed Deepak Mahajan of Nepal in the 81kg Light Heavyweight 25-17 in the quarterfinal to move into the second Benazir Bhutto Shaheed International Boxing Championship here at the Liaquat Gymnasium on Monday.

Earlier, Pakistani boxer Haroon Khan, younger brother of Pakistan-born British boxer Amir Khan, feeling his brother’s presence pressure, succumbed to defeat at the hand of Indian boxer Madan Lal during his 52kg bout.

Overall, it proved the worst day for the host pugilists as they lost eight bouts out of ten. A large number of men and women thronged to the venue to see the glimpse of Amir Khan. Doda Khan Bhutto, President Pakistan Boxing Federation, Brig Iqtidar, Director Army Sports, Syed Amir Hamza Gilani, Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera, DG (Tech & Training) PSB and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

Security personnel have cordoned the area that never seen before during the past three days.

Even journalists were not allowed to have any kind of access to Amir. After the strong protest from journalists, Doda Khan came to their rescue and not only apologised but also introduced them to Amir.

Doda remained active throughout the day and revealed some shocking details regarding the difficulties he had to face in making this event a huge success without government or any other organisation help.

Doda while talking exclusively with TheNation said: “I have to bore all the expenses and also award Rs five million as prize money and have also to pay the technical delegates for match results announcement. More than Rs two million have been paid to a 5-star hotel where these technical delegates and other international officials are residing. We have only shifted boxers and their staff to the PSB hostels and provided them with best available meal and facilities required by them.”

Doda said the money he spent on holding this event successfully was much enough for his visit to Europe or other places of the world but he preferred to arrange this international event to pay tribute to her great leader Benazir Bhutto.

People tend to forget their leaders and same thing is happening in this case too, as it was the moral and national responsibility of the current government to at least ensure their physical presence if they can't allocate funds for the event but none of the PPP high command or any other office-bearer bothered to turn up, Doda concluded.

The semi-finals will be played today. The bouts will start at 2:30 pm. A total of 20 bouts four from each category will be held.