Olympics Boxing: Vijender Singh one win away from medal

Updated: Aug 03, 2012, 11:36 AM IST

London: Star boxer Vijender Singh is only a bout away from repeating his medal performance of the Beijing Games following a narrow win in the pre-quarterfinals at the London Olympics 2012 on Thursday.

Vijender pipped US rival Terrel Gausha 16-15 in a thrilling bout to enter the quarterfinal of the men`s 75 kg boxing category. He will now fight Uzbek Abbos Atoev for a place in the semifinal. Victory over Atoev will assure Vijender of a medal, as both losing semi finalists are given bronze in the competition.

The Indian starts a clear favourite against the Uzbek as Vijender had blanked him 7-0 in the 2010 Asian Games final, that too with an injured hand.

However, prior to Vijender’s bout Jai Bhagwan was outpunched by his Kazakh opponent Gani Zhailauov 8-16, dashing medal hopes from the event.