Asian silver-medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) advanced to the pre-quarterfinals with a tough-fought win over China’s Chena Zhihao within the World Men’s Boxing Championships here on Sunday.
The fifth-seeded Indian left his rival with a bloodied face earlier than the judges ruled 3-2 in his favor after an arduous bout at some stage in which both the boxers controlled to attach very few impactful punches.
The 26-year-vintage Indian Air Force guy, who changed into a quarterfinalist in the 2017 Hamburg edition and is many of the strongest contenders for a medal this time around, stood out for his pace and endurance throughout Sunday’s bout.
Earlier, second seed and Asian champion Amit Panghal (52kg) and Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg) superior to the pre-quarterfinals after claiming dominating wins in their respective second spherical bouts.
The global championship became supposed to be an Olympic qualifier and capabilities the revised 8 weight classes (52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg, +91kg) earmarked for Tokyo 2020, in preference to the conventional 10 divisions.
However, the event changed into stripped of that fame after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) misplaced persistence with the lengthy-status administrative mess inside the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
The IOC took manipulate of the Olympics qualification manner, for you to now start next yr with the Asian qualifiers in February.