Eight more Indian boxers, led by reigning Asian Youth Champions Vishwanath Suresh and Vanshaj progressed into the quarter-final on the fifth day of the 2022 IBA Youth Men and Women’s World Boxing Championships. This means that Indian boxers have a chance of returning with a few medals.
Vishwanath (48kg) was up against Attrativo Salvatore of Italy in the pre-quarterfinal bout. Chennai boy Vishwanath produced a clinical performance and showed his smart footwork and speed to convincingly win the bout 5-0.
Vanshaj (63.5kg), who hails from Sonipat was facing Spain’s Kakulov Enrique in the round-of-16 match. The Indian boxer displayed his power and technical superiority to blank his opponent 5-0 and move to the next round.
Jadumani Singh (51kg), Ashish (54kg) and Deepak (75kg) were the other three men boxers to win their bouts unanimously and move to the last-8 stage. Jadumani and Ashish got the better of Spain’s Jimenez Asier and Pamisa Eijay of the Philippines respectively while Deepak defeated Argentina’s Leiva Antonio.
In the women’s section, Bhawna Sharma (48kg) and Asian Youth Champion Tamanna (50kg) won their respective bouts against Poland’s Oliwia Zuzanna and Finland’s Pia Jarvinen by RSC verdict and advanced to the quarter-final.
In the 54kg pre-quarterfinal bout, Griviya Devi overcame Romania’s Ana Maria Romantov’s challenge to secure a 5-0 verdict in her favour.
Aman Rathore (67kg) was the lone Indian pugilist to end up on the losing side as he lost 2-3 to Iraq’s Yousif Hussein in a close bout. Five Indians, including two men, will be in action in the last 16 stage on the sixth day of the tournament. Devika Ghorpade (52kg), Preeti Dahiya (57kg), and Mahak Sharma (66kg) will fight in the women’s section.
Sahil Chauhan (71kg) and Bharat Joon (92kg) will take the ring in the men’s section.