Dury­o­d­han starts with win at Worlds

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Ekaterinbu­rg: Na­tional cham­pion Dury­o­d­han Singh Negi (69kg) claimed an ex­haust­ing 4-1 tri­umph over Ar­me­nia’s Ko­ryun As­toyan in his open­ing bout to en­ter the sec­ond round of the World Men’s Box­ing Cham­pi­onships here on Fri­day. The In­dian will face Jor­dan’s sixth seed Zeyad Eashash in the round of 32 on Mon­day. Eashash got a bye in the open­ing round.

As­toyan seemed in­tim­i­dated by the more mus­cu­lar In­dian but wasn’t lack­ing in ef­fort. His punches were, how­ever, not connecting as pow­er­fully.

The Ar­me­nian be­gan to run out of steam in the sec­ond round and Negi took ad­van­tage to land a few lusty com­bi­na­tion blows.

As­toyan’s de­fence was par­tic­u­larly weak and he tried to make up for it by con­stantly be­ing on the move. The strat­egy was tir­ing for both but Negi en­dured it much bet­ter.

The fi­nal three min­utes were a lop­sided af­fair in which As­toyan was mostly left scur­ry­ing for cover even though one judge favoured him over the In­dian.

Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver-medal­list Man­ish Kaushik (63kg) and Bri­jesh Ya­dav (81kg) had ear­lier won their open­ing bouts to en­ter the sec­ond round.

On the other hand, Asian cham­pion Amit Pang­hal (52kg), and the Asian sil­ver­win­ning duo of Kavin­der Singh Bisht (57kg) and Ashish Ku­mar (75kg) got firstround byes.

The World Cham­pi­onship was meant to be an Olympic qual­i­fier and fea­tures the re­vised eight weight cat­e­gories (52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg, +91kg) ear­marked for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, in­stead of the tra­di­tional 10 di­vi­sions.

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