Four Indian pugilists entered quarter-finals on Day 1 of Asian Boxing Championship 2017 in Tashkent.
5 Indian boxers were in ring out of which 4, Vikas Krishan (75kg), Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg), Sumit Sangwan (81kg) and Amit Phangal (49kg), emerged victorious. While only one boxer – Ashish Kumar (64kg) – tasted defeat.
These 4 boxers are now just a win away from booking a World Championships berth as the continental championships serve as qualifiers and top-6 boxers in each category will automatically qualify for the World Championships to be held in Hamburg, Germany later this year.
Top seed Vikas Krishan (75kg category) took just 2 minutes to outplay his opponent, Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand, after his opponent sustained a cut above his left eye just over a minute into the opening round. The bout was halted twice before the referee decided to stop the contest in favour of the Indian.
Vikas will face Indonesia’s Betaubun Brama Hendra in the quarters.
Gaurav Bidhuri(56kg) also defeated a Thai in his first contest, going past Yuttapong Tongdee. Gaurav has a tough next round as he will be squaring off against 2nd seed Jiawei Hang of China.
In 49kg category, Amit Phangal defeated Afghanistan’s Ramish Rahmani to reach the last-8 stage.
In 91kg category, Sumit Sangwan beat his Mongolian opponent and is likely to meet 3rd seed Chinese YU Fengkai in the quarter-finals.
However, it was curtains for Asian youth silver-winner Ashish Kumar (64kg), who was defeated by Uzbekistan’s Ikboljon Kholdarov.
Today 4th seed Shiva Thapa (60kg), 3rd seed Satish Kumar (+91kg), 6th seed Manoj Kumar (69kg), Manish Panwar (81kg) and Kavinder Singh will open their campaigns in the Round of 16.