Baku: Former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) clinched a hard-fought opening win though dual other Indian boxers bent out after losing in a initial turn of a AIBA World Olympic Qualification Tournament.
Manoj degraded Puerto Rico’s Danielito Zorrila de la Rosa in a opening light welterweight (64kg) 2-1 to enter a second turn where he will be adult opposite second seed Mohamed Eslam Ahmed Aly of Egypt on Sunday.
“It was a shining opening by Manoj. Danielito was cautioned regularly for head-butting dangerously and it was to Manoj’s credit that he kept his composure. Especially in a third round, Manoj got his plan ideally right by fighting from a prolonged range,” inhabitant manager Gurbax Singh Sandhu told PTI.
However, Gaurav Bidhuri (52kg) mislaid 0-3 to American Antonio Vargas in his opening hitch to crawl out of contention. Bidhuri, however, can still have a shot during Olympic gift by competing in a final subordinate competition for veteran boxers scheduled to be hold in Venezuela subsequent month.
Bidhuri, who has competed in a World array of Boxing for dual back-to-back seasons, is authorised for a qualifiers, that will underline pro boxers from around a world.
Also in a diminutive hours final night, Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) mislaid 1-2 to Spaniard Youba Sissokho Ndiaye in a hard-fought contest.
“Both of them fought their hearts out though unfortunately they could not get a preferred results,” Sandhu said.
Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Commonwealth Games silver-winner L Devendro Singh (49kg) are a usually Indians to be seeded in a event’s draw.
While Devendro was given a fourth seeding, Vikas was seeded second and both of them got first-round byes in their particular categories. They will open their campaigns on 20 Jun opposite yet-to-be motionless rivals.
The competition has 39 subordinate spots adult for grabs — dual in a 49kg category, 5 any in 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg and 81kg, and only one any in 91kg and +91kg. Over 400 boxers from some-more than 100 countries are opposed for these slots in a final subordinate competition for pledge boxers.
India have not sent any entrance in a 56kg difficulty as Shiva Thapa has already competent for a Rio Games during a Asian qualifiers in March.