Impressive Sumit leads slew of Indian boxers’ progress to next round
India’s Sumit Sangwan kept the country’s great run in the boxing ring going when he advanced to the second round of the light heavyweight category (81-kg). The sturdy Indian pugilist, who had lost in the opening round of the 2012 London Olympics under controversial circumstances, rode roughshod over his Tanzanian opponent Mohammed Hakimu Fumu aas he won comfortably by 3-0. He will now have a day’s rest before taking on New Zealand’s David Nyika on Tuesday.
Manoj through to the second round
Earlier on Sunday, reigning champion Manoj Kumar became the first Indian boxer to storm into the quarterfinals of the light welterweight category (64-kg) on Sunday. Manoj, who won the gold in the same category in the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games, put it across Canada’s Arthur Biyarslanov. The Indian pugilist will have a well-deserved rest on Monday after featuring in back-to-back bouts over the weekend. Manoj, who outboxed Lesotho’s Mokhachane Moshoeshoe in the first round, will face England’s Samuel Maxwell in the last-eight stage on Tuesday.
Four Indians in action on Monday
Four Indian boxers will take the ring on Monday. 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh meets Namibia’s Mujandjae Kasuto in the second round of the men’s middleweight (75-kg) category, while London Olympics quarterfinalist Laishram Devendro Singh meets Sri Lanka’s Madushan Gamage in the light weight category (49-kg).
Shiv Thapa takes on Ireland’s Michael Conlan in the bantamweight category (56-kg) on Monday. Mandeep Jangra will face Jamaica’s Kestna Davis in a second round bout of the men’s welterweight category (69-kg)on Monday. Meanwhile, three Indian women boxers are featuring in this event. Pinki Jangra, L Sarita Devi and Pooja Rani will take the ring on Tuesday.Published 28 Jul 2014, 05:39 IST