The 25-year-old Punjab lad overcame the experienced Tavakoli (33) in the heavyweight category.
Meanwhile, 29-year-old city fighter Irfan Khan made his presence felt in the bantamweight category, defeating Jagdish Kashyap from Delhi via a rear naked choke.
Other results: Feather Weight: Amit Raj Kumar (Bhiwani) bt Abhay Singh Shirole (Pune). Welter Weight: Jason Solomon (Delhi) bt Mayank Dogra (Delhi); Bhabhajeet Chaudhary (Guwahati) bt Iqbal Bhat (J&K); Bantam Weight: Narendra Grewal (Delhi) bt Abdul Azeem (Afghanistan).
Female Flyweight: Manjit Kolekar (Mumbai) bt Monika Malik (Gaziabad).