Extending India’s profitable momentum, Sanjeet and Nishant Dev registered glorious come-from-behind victories to enter quarter-finals on the 2021 AIBA Males’s Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.
Becoming a member of Akash Kumar (54kg) and Narender (+92) within the Final-8 stage, the present Asian champion Sanjeet and Nishant showcased splendid present of their matches performed late on Sunday night time to make sure all-win report for the nation on the seventh day of the celebrated match, the place 650 prime boxers have been taking part from greater than 100 nations from the world over.
Having misplaced the opening spherical, the boxer from Rohtak, Sanjeet recovered properly in time in opposition to the Georgian opponent Giorgi Tchigladze not solely to win the following spherical but in addition the 92kg Final-16 contest 4-1 comfortably ultimately.
Equally, alternatively, enjoying within the 71kg pre-quarterfinals bout, debutant Nishant struggled within the early a part of the sport. Nonetheless, the reigning nationwide champion from Karnataka, turned the tables fairly handsomely within the later stage of the match with some steady sharp and exact physique blows in opposition to the Mexican Alvarez Verde to tilt the results of the closely-fought match 3-2 in his favour.
Whereas, Akash outclassed Puerto Rico’s Caleb Tirado by unanimous margin within the 54kg Final-16 bout, Narender produced an influence packed efficiency to upstage the previous Asian Video games champion veteran Tajikistan pugilist Jakhon Qurbonov by the Referee Stopping the Contest (RSC) verdict within the second spherical of the +92kg kg pre-quarterfinals contest.
Akash began the day for India on a profitable be aware. Taking part in their first match within the competitors, each the boxers started with an aggressive be aware and traded punches constantly in a extremely busy first two rounds of the 54kg Final-16 bout. The 21-year-old Indian had obtained a walkover in his opening match whereas Tirado was given bye within the first spherical.
The tallest among the many two pugilists, Akash made good use of his peak and landed some sharp punches to tilt the momentum in his favour. Having taken a cushty lead after the primary two rounds, Akash confirmed tactical brilliance and began sustaining distance within the closing spherical which denied his opponent any likelihood to make a comeback into the match.
With only a win away from confirming medals for the nation, Sanjeet will now tackle Italian boxer Aziz Mouhiidine whereas Nishant will sq. off in opposition to Russia’s Vadim Musaev of their respective quarter-final matches on Tuesday.
The Boxing Federation of India had fielded a 13-member contingent, with all the present nationwide champions making into the squad, for the world’s one of many largest boxing occasions. Whereas Akash, Narender, Sanjeet and Nishant have already progressed into the quarter-finals stage, 5 extra Indian boxers will play their pre-quarterfinals on Monday.
Deepak could have a robust problem from the Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan within the 51kg Final-16 match. Rohit Mor (57kg) too will probably be up in opposition to one other Kazakh boxer Serik Temirzhanov whereas Sumit (75kg) and Akash Sangwan (67kg) will sq. off in opposition to Cuban opponents Yoenlis Hernandez and Kevin Brown of their respective pre-quarterfinals. The five-time Asian Championships medallist, nevertheless, will struggle in opposition to France’s Lounes Hamraoui within the 63.5 kg categor