Dinesh advances in Boxing World Championships

New Delhi: Indian boxers` unbeaten run in the World Championships continued with Asian Games silver-medallist Dinesh Kumar advancing to the second round of the light heavyweight (81kg) category with a thumping win in his opening bout in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday.

Dinesh, the lone Indian boxer in action, defeated Nepal`s Deepak Maharjn 20-8 to enter the second round where he will face Bosko Draskovic of Macedonia.

Draskovic beat Maxwell Amponsah of Ghana 17-7 in his opening bout.

Dinesh, a Commonwealth Championship gold-medallist, established a comprehensive 10-3 lead in the first round itself. He added five more points in the second round against his rival`s two to take firm control of the bout.

In the final three minutes, Dinesh`s points tally swelled by another five before he completed a comfortable victory.

With this, four Indian boxers have advanced to the second round of the first Olympic qualifying event as L Devendro Singh (49kg), Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Akhil Kumar (56kg) have already registered opening-round wins.

On Thursday, India will have two boxers in action. In the super heavyweight (+91kg) category, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Paramjeet Samota will take on Vitalijus Subacius of Lithuania.

In the other bout, light weight (60kg) Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan will make his welterweight (69kg) debut by taking on Kyrgyzstan`s Asadullo Boimurodov.

PTI

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