Boxing World C’ships: Sanjeet, Akash Kumar make last-16 stage

Asian champion Sanjeet (92kg) defeated Russia’s Andrei Stotskii in a completely entertaining contest to enter the pre-quarterfinals, whereas Akash Kumar (54kg) received a walkover into that stage on a great day for Indians on the AIBA Males’s World Boxing Championships on Friday.

Akash superior after his German opponent Omar Salah Ibrahim fell sick and gave him a walkover right here on Friday. He’ll face Puerto Rico’s Pagan Caleb Tirado within the last-16 stage.

“His opponent didn’t present up for the weigh-in this morning as he was sick. One thing like what occurred to us in Varinder Singh’s case. In that case, we suffered, at this time we gained,” India Excessive Efficiency Director Santiago Nieva informed PTI.

Varinder needed to pull out of his 60kg class bout attributable to excessive fever however he examined detrimental for COVID-19.

Sanjeet put up fairly a present within the 4-1 win over Stotskii, who was not a pushover by any measure.

The Indian, nevertheless, was the extra attacking of the 2, not less than within the first two rounds.

Sanjeet displayed some flamboyance to go along with his expertise, dropping his guard utterly to taunt Stotskii on a couple of event.

The 2 exchanged blows but in addition smiled often at one another, preventing at a languid however participating tempo.

Late final night time, Akash Sangwan (67kg) recorded a assured 4-1 victory in opposition to German pugilist Daniel Krotter to additionally enter the pre-quarterfinals. The 21-year-old will sq. off in opposition to Cuban boxer Kevin Brown.

In a late night time bout, Nishant Dev (71kg) will sq. off in opposition to Mauritian Merven Clair, additionally trying to safe a pre-quarterfinal berth.

On Saturday, five-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) shall be in motion alongside three different Indians. Thapa will struggle Sierra Leone’s John Brown within the spherical of 32.

Sumit (75kg) will tackle Tajikistan’s Abdumalik Boltaev, whereas Sachin (80kg) will open in opposition to American Robby Gonzales. Each these bouts are additionally spherical of 32 contests.

Govind Sahani (48kg) will compete within the pre-quarterfinals in opposition to Georgia’s Sakhil Alakhverdovi.

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 shall be awarded USD 25,000 every. The entire prize purse stands at a whopping USD 2.6 million.

India are being represented by its reigning nationwide champions throughout weight classes.

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