Nishant Dev (71kg) sailed into the second spherical whereas Govind Sahani (48kg) made the pre-quarters with an outstanding come-from-behind effort in his opening bout as Indian boxers continued to impress within the AIBA Males’s Boxing World Championships right here on Wednesday.
Whereas Dev notched up a dominating 5-0 overcome Hungary’s Laszlo Kozak, Sahani rallied from one spherical all the way down to beat Ecuador’s Billy Arias Ortiz 3-2 in an fringe of seat showdown.
Dev will subsequent battle Mauritian Merven Clair, who received a bye within the first spherical.
Sahani (48kg) can be up in opposition to Georgian Sakhil Alakhverdovi within the spherical of 16.
Alakhverdovi received a gap spherical bye. The Indian debutant put up an excellent efficiency, refusing to be slowed down after dropping the opening spherical unanimously.
He merely drained his opponent with relentless punching within the subsequent two rounds, profitable what grew to become a battle of attrition.
Nonetheless, within the first heartbreak for India, one other debutant Lakshya Chahar (86kg) misplaced to Korea’s Kim Hyeongkyu, a former Asian Video games silver-medallist, after the bout needed to be stopped within the second spherical.
The motion got here to an unexpectedly early finish when the Indian sustained a brow reduce that opened up regardless of medical consideration. The damage was attributable to head butt throughout an trade of punches from shut vary.
Chahar received the opening spherical 4-1 however the judges dominated in favour of the Korean after the bout was stopped.
A visibly irate India Excessive Efficiency Director Santiago Nieva was seen expressing his displeasure with the choice, which additionally left Chahar surprised.
Earlier, Dev’s win was an ideal begin to the day for the nation after Sumit (75kg) and Narender Berwal (+92kg) superior to the second spherical of their respective classes with nice victories late Tuesday night time.
Sumit defeated Jamaican Damon O’Neill 5-0 whereas Narender confronted some stiff problem from Poland’s Oskar Safaryan earlier than recording a 4-1 win.
Sumit will face Tajikistan’s Abdumalik Boltaev within the subsequent spherical, whereas Sierra Leone’s Mohamed Kendeh awaits Berwal.
4 others, together with Asian medal winners Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) and Deepak Bohria (51kg), had made the second spherical of their classes earlier within the match.
Later this night, Varinder Singh will tackle Karen Tonakanyan of Armenia in his 60kg opening bout.
With greater than 600 boxers from over 100 international locations within the fray, a whole lot of rivals should win at the least three bouts in some classes to get to the quarterfinal stage.
The gold winners on the showpiece will stroll away with a prize cash of USD 100,000.
The silver medallists are to be given USD 50,000, and each bronze-medallists can be awarded USD 25,000 every. The full prize purse stands at a whopping USD 2.6 million.
India are being represented by its reigning nationwide champions throughout weight classes.