Brijesh storms into Round 2

 Ekaterinburg (Russia), Sept 10

India were off to a fine start in the World Men’s Boxing Championships with Brijesh Yadav (81kg) destroying Poland’s Maleusz Goinski in a brutal opening round contest here today. Yadav, a silver medallist from the India Open and Thailand Open earlier this year, didn’t just defeat Goinski 5-0 but also left him with a wound on his head. 

Egged on to be the aggressor by the Indian camp, Yadav made up for his lack of pace with the sheer power of his punches. His rival, on the other hand, let slip a confident start and was barely able to stand when the final bell rang. Goinski faced two standing eight counts during the bout and needed medical attention for a gash on his head that left him with a bloodied face. Yadav advanced to the Round of 32 where he will square off against Turkey’s Bayram Malkan. 

Three Indian boxers Amit Panghal (52kg), Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) have received first round byes in their respective categories. — PTI

Preeti, Gagandeep in quarters of junior nationals 

Rohtak: Punjab and Haryana dominated the proceedings as the preliminary rounds concluded at the 3rd Junior Women’s National Boxing Championships here today. Haryana’s Preeti Dahiya (60kg) and Punjab’s Gagandeep Kaur (57kg) were among the boxers who progressed to the quarterfinals. Preeti, who recently won a gold medal at the Nation’s Cup in Serbia, advanced when her bout against Mizoram’s Lal Remsangi was abandoned in Round 1. Kirti (57kg), Lashu Yadav (66kg), Komal (80kg), Khushi (63kg), Sneha (70kg) also registered wins for Haryana on Day 3. Gagandeep blanked Karnataka’s Shivani Prakash 5-0 to march into the last-eight. Vishakha (63kg), Anjali (70kg) and Khushi (75kg) were the other winners for Punjab. Chandigarh’s Harnoor Kaur (63kg) was declared the winner after an RSC verdict in Round 1. Diya Negi (60kg), also of Chandigarh, got a walkover. pti

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