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AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships: Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik, Sanjeet & Kavinder march into quarter-finals

Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik, Sanjeet march into quarter-

New Delhi, Sept. 17: Commonwealth Games silver medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg) was the standout performer of the day as four Indian boxers entered the quarter-finals and are now one win away from a medal at the AIBA Men's World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia on Tuesday (September 17).

Joining Kaushik in the last-eight stage were Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg), Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) on an absolutely flawless day for India.

Kaushik secures unanimous 5-0 win

Kaushik secures unanimous 5-0 win

The former India Open champion Kaushik showed strong resolve in a very tricky pre-quarter-final bout against Baatarsukh Chinzorig of Mongolia, a No. 4 seed and 2018 Asian Games silver medallist. Using his pace and power perfectly, Manish landed some strong punches on his accomplished opponent to secure a unanimous 5-0 win.

"It was a really good bout against the reigning Asian Games silver medallist. I sat with my coaches and devised a strategy for him and I played with that strategy throughout the bout," said an elated Kaushik after the bout.

Kaushik eyes maiden medal from the world event

Kaushik eyes maiden medal from the world event

"I am glad that it worked out. I am really looking forward to tomorrow's bout as I will become a World medallist if I win tomorrow. I will watch my opponent's videos with my coaches and fellow boxers and make a strategy accordingly."

Up next for Kaushik in his quest for a maiden medal from the world event is Brazil's Wanderson de Oliveira.

Panghal soars to comprehensive win

Panghal soars to comprehensive win

For the second edition in a row, Asian Championships gold medallist Amit Panghal reached the quarter-finals of the World Championships. As the second seed, he was the favourite against Turkey's Batuhan Citfci in 52kg and he lived up to the expectations when he soared to a comprehensive 5-0 victory. It set up a quarter-final showdown with Caarlo Palam of Philippines, whom he had defeated at the Asian Games last year.

"My opponent was an experienced boxer and playing him was a good experience for me," said the top medal hope, who dedicated his win to the Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday.

"My next bout is against the boxer from Philippines and I have played against him before as well. We will have a look at his game and will make my game plan according to his strengths and weaknesses," he added.

Sanjeet punches his way into the last-eight

Sanjeet punches his way into the last-eight

Rohtak pugilist Sanjeet (91kg) made it a memorable outing in his first-ever appearance at the World Championships when he outpunched the second seed Sanjar Tursunov of Uzbekistan 4-1 to advance to the last-eight. This was his second win over the Uzbek, having earlier beaten him at the India Open in 2018.

"My bout was against World No. 2 from Uzbekistan. I had played against him earlier in the India Open and had won there too. So I was confident about this bout," said Sanjeet after the win.

"I also had an advantage in height so could land my punches effectively. My next bout is against Ecuador player. We will strategize for it with the coaches. He is a good boxer and I am looking forward to it," added the Indian, who goes on to face the seventh seed and 2019 Pan American Games silver medallist Julio Cesar Torres Castillo of Ecuador.

Kavinder fights his way into the quarters

Kavinder fights his way into the quarters

Kavinder Singh Bisht, seeded fifth in 57kg, was the last Indian to enter the ring. Enduring some stiff resistance from Finland's Arslan Khataev, Kavinder used his attack to pull off a tough 3-2 win on his way to the quarter-finals for the second consecutive edition.

Source: Press Release

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Story first published: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 20:45 [IST]
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