Indian boxers Deepak Bhoria (51kg) and Nishant Dev (71kg) produced impressive performances to enter the quarterfinals of the men’s World Boxing Championships here in Tashkent on Tuesday.
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In the World Boxing Championships pre-quarterfinals, in the 51 kg weight category, Deepak defeated China’s Zhangh Jiamao 5-0. Competing in the 51kg Olympic category, Deepak once again excelled. The first round was closely fought, with both the boxers attacking each other fiercely. The 25-year-old Indian boxer managed to take a slim 3-2 lead. Dapik switched to defense mode at the start of the second round. The boxer from Haryana increased the tempo in the last three minutes to seal the contest.
Earlier, on Sunday, Deepak pulled off the biggest upset of the World Boxing Championships by defeating Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist and 2021 world champion Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan. Deepak got the chance ahead of world championship silver medalist Amit Panghal and the 25-year-old boxer has impressed in all the three bouts he has played so far. Deepak will now play his next match against Diushebaev Nurzhigit of Kyrgyzstan and will try to bring home a medal for India.
Meanwhile in the 71 kg weight category, Nishant defeated Foqahaa Nidal of Palestine. Nishant spent less than a minute in the ring before being winning the bout. Nishant will face Cuba’s Jorge Cuellar in the quarterfinals. While, Indian boxer Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg) will take on Bulgaria’s J. Diaz Ibanez in the ring and is just one step away from clinching a World Boxing Championships medal.
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However, Sachin Siwach (54kg) and Akash Sangwan (67kg) ended their journey at the World Boxing Championships. Both the boxers lost to the Kazakh boxer by a margin of 0-5. Sachin lost to seeded Makhmud Sabyrkhan while Akash lost to Dulat Bekbauov. Akash started off slow and progressed in the game with each round, but in the end the judges could not give a verdict in favor of Akash. Sachin, on the other hand, started off brilliantly in the first round, landing his opponent with heavy punches. After the second round, the game turned sour in the last round and Sabyrkhan defeated the Indian boxer.