Road to Rio: Manoj Kumar enters second turn of AIBA World Olympic Qualifiers

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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.

File print of Manoj Kumar. AFPFile print of Manoj Kumar. AFP

File print of Manoj Kumar. AFP

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.