Vijender in semifinals of Arafura Games

Last Updated: May 10, 2011, 18:47 PM IST

New Delhi: Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh
assured himself of at least a bronze medal in his very first
international competition in the light heavy weight (81kg)
category by advancing to the semifinals of the Arafura Games
in Darwin, Australia on Tuesday.

Vijender, the world number one in middleweight (75kg)
division, has jumped a division for this event on an
experimental basis and started off pretty well by beating
Australian Jeremy van Diemen 18-6 in his opening bout.

The 25-year-old Olympic and World Championships
bronze-medallist took a 5-2 lead in the opening round before
widening the margin to 10-3 in the next three minutes.

"My first international event in the light heavy weight
division and I am so happy to have won. It is very satisfying
because my opponent was a powerful guy," Vijender said.

The Asian Games gold medallist, competing in his first
event after a five-month break, did not give any chance to his
rival in the final three minutes as well and sealed it 18-6 to
start his campaign with a bang.

"Power was perhaps the only difference but my movement in
the ring was better. When it came to skills, I was better then
him and managed to negate the power factor," added the
Haryana lad.

Indian women boxers also made a fine start to their
campaign in the event with Pooja Rani (75kg) and Meena Rani
(60kg) winning their opening bouts.

While Pooja defeated local hope Scott Kaye 7-5, Meena had
it easier as referee awarded the bout to her after her
Indonesian rival Ramela Dina Adriana injured herself.

Earlier, Akhil Kumar (56kg) had reached the quarterfinals
by winning his opening bout yesterday.

PTI