Amit, Gaurav enter quarters World Boxing Championships. Amit Phangal (49kg) and Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) upstaged fancied rivals to enter the quarterfinals but former bronze-medallist and third seed Vikas Krishan (75kg) was ousted after a second-round loss in the 19th World Boxing Championships here. While Amit stunned seventh seed Carlos Quipo of Ecuador, Gaurav got the better of Ukrainian Mykola Butsenko in a pre- quarterfinal bout. However, Vikas, a bronze-winner from the 2011 edition, bowed out after being bested by England’s Benjamin Whittaker. Also making an early exit was Asian silver-medallist Sumit Sangwan (91kg) who lost to Australia’s Jason Whateley in a split decision.
Amit has a tough contest coming up as he would be taking on second-seeded Uzbek Hasanboy Dusmatov, while Gaurav will face Tunisia’s Bilel Mhamdi in his next contest. Amit, a bronze-medallist from this year’s Asian Championships, opened the proceedings for India and prevailed in a unanimous verdict at the Sporthalle here.It was an assured performance by the 21-year-old, who is enjoying a breakthrough year at the senior level. He never looked in any awe of his seeded rival and frustrated him with his counter-attacks. Quipo hardly looked the part of a seeded boxer and was cautioned several times for failing to keep his head up. Hitting straight and clean, Amit was markedly the better boxer and the judges ruled in his favour unanimously.
Next up was Gaurav and he also came up with a determined performance against a rival representing one of boxing’s powerhouses. “Both Amit and Gaurav gave big-hearted performances. The key was not to let opponents settle and they made sure that this plan was executed to perfection,” India coach Santiago Nieva told PTI.
Sumit competed in the last bout of the evening and lost after a strong start. He dominated the opening round but Whateley fought back in the next two to clinch the issue. (PTI)
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