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Satish Kumar enters the pre-quarters of Boxing World Champiosnhips

Vishal Kungwani

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Indian boxers continued to dominate at the world boxing championships as another Indian boxer made his way to the pre-quarterfinals of the Championships.

Satish Kumar, a super heavyweight boxer defeated Tajikistan’s Mirodzhidin Karimov 3-0 in the first round of the 17th edition of the World Boxing Championships which are being held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

With this win Satish Kumar became the fifth Indian boxer to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the Championships as there are only 5 rounds in the 91+ kg wt. category as compared to 6 rounds in all the other wt. categories. Before this Shiva Thapa (56kg), Nanao Singh (46-49kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Manpreet Singh (91kg) have already secured their positions in the last 16.

Satish Kumar will now take on Yan Sudzilouski of Belarus for a place in the quarters. If Satish manage to win this bout then he could well face the World No. 2 and London Olympics Bronze medalist Ivan Dychko in the next round.

There was also a bit of disappointment in the Indian camp as Vijender Singh, who was taking part in his first major tournament after being accused in the controversial drug scandal earlier this year lost to the 5th seeded Irish boxer Jason Quingley in the second round.

Tomorrow is a big day for the Indian team as 3 Indian boxers will be in action in the second round. In 81 kg wt. category Sumit Sangwan will lock horns with Petro Ciobanu of Moldova, in 60 kg wt. category Vikash Malik will be up against David Michelus of Poland and in 69 kg wt . category Mandeep Jangra will battle out with the boxer from Turkmenistan Serdar HudayBerdiyev.

Due to the provisional suspension imposed on the Indian Boxing Federation, the country’s pugilists are competing in the Championships under the banner of International Boxing Association (AIBA).


Edited by Staff Editor

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