Beijing Games bronze medallist Vijender Singh (75kg) out-punched Kazakhstan’s Danabek Sukhanov 14-10 in the middleweight category late last night, before Bhagwan outclassed Andrique Allisop of Seychelles 18-8 in the lightweight (60kg) at the ExCel arena today.
Their passage to the next stage made up for Shiva Thapa’s first-round exit yesterday.
Touted as a serious medal contender, 26-year-old Vijender was a trifle cautious in the first round as he did not go for the attacking mode, preferring to gauge his opponent’s strategy but opened up subsequently to carve out a comfortable win.
“I am delighted to make it through to the next round, he was a tough opponent and now its on to the next challenge,” said Vijender.”I want to go home with a different coloured medal this time,” he added.
The Haryana boxer was tactically superior to his opponent and also put his reach to good use to keep himself on course for a second Olympic medal. Although he was generally defensive in the first round, Vijender did unleash a few punches to take the honours with a 5-4 margin.
Vijender, who also won the gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou after a flop show at home in Delhi Commonwealth Games earlier in that year, had a decisive edge in the first round. He put up an even more dominating show in the second round which he took with a 4-3 verdict and consolidated his position in the third and final round to eventually emerge victorious without really being under any serious pressure.
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