Indian boxer Shiva Thapa kicked off his Commonwealth Games campaign by defeating Pakistan's Suleman Baloch in the opening round of the 63.5kg category on Friday. The 28-year-old easily defeated Baloch by a score of 5-0 to go to the light welterweight pre-quarterfinals.
Thapa, a five-time medalist at the Asian Championships, had a technical advantage over Baloch and unleashed a barrage of cutting blows on him. The previous bronze medalist from the world championship successfully defended while bouncing around the ring. Baloch tried to punch the Indian at one point, but Thapa deftly dodged the blow, sending the Pakistani boxer to the floor.