New Delhi: Indian junior boxers made a resounding start to their campaign at the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships at Shymkent in Kazakhstan with Prayag Chauhan and Aditya Maan making it to the medal rounds in 66kg class on the opening day on Tuesday.
Out of the five junior Indian pugilists who took to the rings on day one, four advanced to the next stage in their respective weight categories.
In the light welter weight division, Pradeep also assured himself of a bronze medal after securing a direct entry into the semi-finals by virtue of a bye.
Reigning sub-junior national champion Aditya Maan (66kg) and silver medal winner at the Sub-Junior Nationals Prayag Chauhan defeated their respective opponents in splendid fashion to march into the semi-finals of the championship. The win now assures both the boxers of at least a bronze medal finish from the tournament.
While Chauhan overpowered Nozimov Mumin of Tajikistan, Mann defeated Tsenquun Ganbold of Mongolia.
In the semi-finals Prayag is slated to take on Ernis Uulu Ruslan of Kyrgyzstan tomorrow and Aditya will square off against Merjanov Eldar of Uzbekistan on Thursday.
In other results, bronze medal winner at last year`s sub-junior nationals Pradeep (63kg) assured himself of a bronze medal after securing a direct entry into semi-finals of the light welter weight division by virtue of a bye.
The 16-year-old boxer will now clash against the winner of the quarter-final bout between Stolbovskiy Vladislav of Kazakhstan and Shodiljonov Sirojiddin Uzbekistan for a place in the finals.
In the bantam weight division, Thounaojam Bickychand also powered through to the round of eight with a unanimous decision victory by points over Duishobai Uulu of Kyrgyzstan. In the quarter-finals on Wednesday, he takes on Kholdarov Ikboijan of Uzbekistan.
Reigning sub-junior national champion in the pin weight division Mohammad Wasique beat Mongolian boxer Narantsogt to advance into the quarter-finals. He will now lock horns with Nursultan Bekbolat of the home team for a place in the semifinals.
But there was disappointment for India in the fly weight category with L Bhim Chand Singh losing to local lad Mazur Stoyan in a hard fought contest.
Deepak Kumar (52kg) and Vishnu Dayanand Chayal (57kg) will open their campaign on Thursday in the quarter-finals after getting a bye in the pre quarter-finals.
The championship -- being played under the new scoring structure of a `Ten Point Must-System` -- will witness a total of 112 boxers from 14 nations making a bid to claim the continental title.
I was down 2-1 in the third it was really tight and it was really tough.