Asian Boxing Championship: Thapa, Devendro and Vikas assure medals and validate for Worlds

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Defending champion Shiva Thapa, second seed Vikas Krishan and a fast-rising L Devendro Singh booked medals and World Championship berths by advancing to the semifinals on a churned day for India during a Asian Championships today.

Devendro (49kg), a silver-medallist from a previous edition of a event, out-punched Cornelis Kwangu Langu of Indonesia 3-0 in his quarterfinal bout.

Shiva (56kg), on a other hand, degraded Kyrgyzstan’s Omurbek Malabekov 2-1 in a hitch that had to be stopped in the second turn due to an damage to Malabekov.

Devendro was superb. Take a bow. Getty ImagesDevendro was superb. Take a bow. Getty Images

Devendro (49kg), a silver-medallist from a prior book of a event, out-punched Cornelis Kwangu Langu of Indonesia 3-0 in his quarterfinal bout. Getty Images

Vikas (75kg), a former World Championship bronze-medallist, eased past Vietnam’s Dinh Hoang Truong 3-0 in a dusk session.

However, it was fate for former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) who mislaid 0-3 to Uzbek Fazliddin Gaibnazarov. Also bowing out was former Asian Games silver-winner Manpreet Singh (91kg).

Today’s wins positive all a 3 of a place in the October World Championships in Doha — a initial qualifying event for subsequent year’s Olympics.

Even Manoj and Manpreet have a possibility of creation the cut if their particular rivals conduct to strech a final.

“All a 3 boys who won currently were glorious in their performance. All of them have formidable opponents watchful for them in a subsequent turn though we am certain they have gained enough confidence to means upsets,” inhabitant manager Gurbax Singh Sandhu told PTI.

“Even a boys who mislaid fought with a lot of heart and I am confident with a fact that they gave their best,” he added.

Starting a day for India was Devendro and the pint-sized hustler from Manipur was his common assertive self, using his right uppercuts and hooks with pointing in all the three rounds.

What stood out currently was a Commonwealth Games silver-medallist’s control. Known to be a dash boxer, Devendro’s charge was not totally no binds barred.

The nimble-footed pugilist used a uppercuts to break Langu’s bombard ensure and did a scoring with hooks and jabs to advance in a Championship.

Devendro will block off opposite top-seeded Uzbek Hasanboy Dusmatov in a semifinals.

In a dusk session, Shiva was a initial to take the ring among a Indians. Faced with an assertive opponent, the Assam child did good to keep his restraint and not go all out.

Putting his left offshoot to good use, Shiva outwitted Malabekov on renew before a Kyrgyz fighter had to withdraw overdue to a low cut above his left eye.

Shiva’s opposition in a last-four theatre would be Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan.

Vikas was expectedly clinical in his opening against Truong. A fighter who focusses some-more on defence, Vikas executed his plan to soundness opposite a rather clueless Truong. Vikas will face Iraq’s Waheed Waheed Abdulridha in the semifinals, scheduled to be hold on Sep 4.

The Indian did not concede Truong to mountain any noteworthy attack with his exquisite bombard ensure and countered brilliantly by joining impactful jabs.

However, Manoj went down to Gaibnazarov in his quarterfinal bout. The two-time bronze leader during a eventuality was left with a cut on his front during a hitch though he fought through to finish a record nonetheless.

Later, former Asian Games silver-medallist Manpreet Singh ended a day on a unsatisfactory note for a nation as he went down 0-3 to second seed Rustam Tulaganov of Uzbekistan. Manpreet fought tough in a hitch and matched his more fancied opposition utterly good in a initial dual rounds but eventually ran out of steam.

Tomorrow, Kuldeep Singh (81kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) will quarrel their particular quarterfinal bouts.