As many as four Indian boxers have stormed into the quarterfinal of the ongoing World Boxing Championship 2021. Akash Kumar (54kg), Nishant Dev (71kg), Narender Berwal (+92kg) and Sanjeet (92kg) punched their tickets for the quarterfinal in what turned out to be a great day for the Indian pugilists. They are now a win away from securing a medal.
Akash Kumar stormed into the quarter-finals with a comprehensive victory against Puerto Rico’s Caleb Tirado. Making good use of his height, Akash landed some sharp punches to tilt the momentum in his favour before securing a 5-0 win in his first match in the tournament. The 21-year-old had received a walkover in the first round.
World Boxing Championship 2021: Nishant Dev’s dream debut continues
Nishant Dev made his World Championships debut this edition and is now just a win away from confirming a podium finish. Nishant got off to a stunning start against Laszlo Kozak as he beat the Hungarian 5-0. The 20-year-old then went on to topple Merven Clair before defeating Mexico’s Marco Alvarez Verde 3-2 to enter the quarterfinal. Nishant was named as the Promising Boxer of the Year at the National Championships earlier this year.
Sanjeet, a quarterfinalist from the previous edition, outboxed Georgia’s Giorgi Tchigladze 4-1 to enter the quarterfinals for a second successive time. He will be facing Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine in the last eight stage. Later tonight, Rohit Mor (57kg), Akash Sangwan (67kg), Sumit (75kg), and five-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) will be in action looking to secure quarterfinal berths.