Army's P.K. Sumudu creates upset beats Slimline's Nilmini Jayasinghe
The girl who caused a big upset... Thirty-two-year-old the
village girl P. K. Sumudu who caused somewhat of a sensation
when representing the Sri Lanka Army beat the hitherto
unbeaten Sri Lanka boxer Nilmini Jayasinghe of MAS Slimline
at the Clifford Cup Boxing Championship for women. Sumudu
went on to win the final and beat S.M.I.N. Samarakoon of
Thrulie in the final. Pic: S. M. Jiffrey Abdeen - Kandy
BOXING WOMEN: Sri Lanka Army's thirty-two-year-old P.K. Sumudu from
the rural area in the outskirts of Matugama created one of the biggest
upsets in recent years by defeating the hitherto unbeaten Nilmini
Jayasinghe of MAS Slimline at the women's championship of the Clifford
Cup Boxing Meet organised by the Amateur Boxing Association and
sponsored by MAS Holdings and held at the Linea Gymnasium at the
Pallekele Industrial Park.
It was the semi-final and national boxer and Olympic hopeful Nilmini
Jayasinghe had upgraded herself from the 54 kilogramme category to the
under 60 kilogramme Middle Weight category but despite fighting in a new
weight category, she was yet the favourite blessed with skills and
But the village lass Sumudu upset her with a better reach and a
flurry of punches to triumph on points.
Nilmini Jayasinghe had been winner at the Clifford Cup from 2006 in
the under 51 kg. and under 54 kg. classes and this was the first time
she was fighting in the under 60 kg. weight class. Nilmini Jayasinghe,
one of the best boxers in the local boxing scene, who had won a gold at
Vietnam and also at the World Women's Invitation Boxing Championship in
Russia, had a world ranking of 18.
Village lass Sumudu took to boxing around ten years ago and it was
sheer hard work and perseverance which had helped her to success. She
had represented the country four times during this period and had
succeeded in winning a silver and bronze during this period. She went on
to win her class at the ABA Boxing Championship defeating S.M.I.B.
Samarakoon of MAS Thurulie getting a 11-7 decision.