Belgrade: Debutant Akash Kumar (54kg) secured India’s first medal on the ongoing AIBA World Males’s Boxing Championships right here on Tuesday after advancing to the semifinals with an outstanding win over former Olympic silver-medallist Yoel Finol Rivas of Venezuela.
The 21-year-old Akash, who’s a reigning nationwide champion, prevailed 5-0 with a wonderful efficiency which was an ideal mixture of highly effective punching and nice showmanship.
The fearless teenager scored on counter-attacks with a non-existent guard and taunted his opponent, all this whereas staying out of his vary with terrific tempo and footwork.
A product of the Military Sports activities Institute in Pune, the Companies boxer misplaced his mom to a lung an infection in September and competed within the Nationwide Championships unaware of the tragedy.
The World Championships is his maiden senior worldwide event, which makes the efficiency thus far all of the extra particular.
His father died greater than a decade again after initiating him to boxing and his brother is in jail since 2017 in reference to a homicide case.
However decided to not be outlined by his tough circumstances, Akash turned solely the seventh Indian male boxer to safe a world championship medal and is now additionally assured of a prize cash of not less than $ 25,000.
Rivas had initially gained a bronze within the Rio 2016 Olympics however his medal was upgraded to silver after the unique second place finisher failed a dope take a look at.
Akash will likely be up towards 19-year-old Makhmud Sabyrkhan of Kazakhstan, a three-time Asian gold-medallist on the youth stage.
India’s earlier medal winners on the World Championships are Vijender Singh (bronze, 2009), Vikas Krishan (bronze, 2011), Shiva Thapa (bronze, 2015), Gaurav Bidhuri (bronze, 2017), Amit Panghal (silver, 2019) and Manish Kaushik (bronze, 2019).
The gold winners on the showpiece will stroll away with a prize cash of $ 100,000.
The silver medallists are to be given $ 50,000, and each bronze-medallists will likely be awarded $ 25,000 every. The whole prize purse stands at a whopping $ 2.6 million.
India are being represented by their reigning nationwide champions throughout weight classes.