INCHEON, South Korea: Pakistan fist-fighters Nadir Baloch and Ahmed Ali made a winning start for Pakistan in XVII Asian Games Boxing event here at an imposing Seonhak Indoor Gymnasium Stadium here on Wednesday.
Nadir Baloch though won his bout against Phub Sigyel of Bhutan. However he was given testing time by his opponent before chalking out a narrow victory by mere one point in the bout held in the afternoon.
However in the 64 KG weight category Ahmed outpointed Ali Al Mazafar of Kuwait 30-27 in the evening session.
Both Nadir and Sigyel exhanaged blow to blow. But Nadir won the first round after fierce contest. The second round was almost a repeat as Nadir took 20-18 lead.
Bhutan fighter showing Great Spirit won the decider 10-9 with few punches on the face. But still he went down by a narrow margin of just one point. Ahmed Ali clearly enjoyed better reach and technique to overpower Al Muzafar after close three rounds.
Pakistan boxer showed right left combination to put his rival under pressure. But in response Al Mazafar also landed few hard punches on face and body of Ahmed.
After winning the first round 10-9, Ahmed maintained his superiority over Kuwaiti boxer by securing 20-18 lead end of round two.
Ali Al- Mazafar tried to recover in the third round. But Ahmed maintained his swift approach and quick moment by scoring with a couple punches on the chin of face of Mazafar.
However soon after the bout Ahmed Ali was given medal attention after he received a cut on the eye-brow.
Team Manager Iqbal Husssain said Ahmed may need a couple of stitches but he will be ready for his second round bout.
Aamir Khan will take on Qraish Seif Emd Issa of Jordan in 64 kilo gram weight division on Thursday.
Pakistan will be banking on Commonwealth Games silver medalist Muhammad Waseem to end their drought in Asian Games after they returned home empty handed from Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010.
Quetta-based Muhammad Waseem will feature in his bout on Friday.