World Boxing C`ships: Vikash Malik enters 2nd round

Almaty (Kazakhstan): Vikash Malik (60kg) notched up India`s first win at the ongoing World Boxing Championships as he beat Kyrgyzstan`s Meder Mamakeev to enter the second round of the mega-even here on Tuesday.

The reigning national champion, the lone Indian in action today, prevailed over Mamakeev 3-0 to enter the second round where he will be up against Poland`s POL Dawid Michelus on October 20. Michelus got a first-round bye.

Vikash, who was a pre-quarterfinalist at the Asian Championships in June, was trailing in the opening round when the individual scores handed out under the new 10-point system, which evaluates the boxer not just on the number of punches connected but also his overall ring-craft.

However, he roared back in the next two rounds, impressing the judges, who were unanimous in picking him the winner.
Tomorrow, Asian Championships silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) will make his World Championships debut when he takes on Tanazania`s Selemani Kidunda.

The 20-year-old Mandeep, who got a gold medal in his debut senior international event this year, is being seen as a brilliant prospect by the coaches.

Due to the provisional suspension imposed on the Indian Boxing Federation, the country`s pugilists are competing under the International Boxing Association`s (AIBA) flag.

The Indians have won a total of two medals in the mega-event, which will feature more than 450 boxers from over 100 countries this year.

Vijender Singh (75kg), who will be making his fourth World Championship appearance, opened India`s medal account in 2009 with a bronze. Later, Vikas Krishan also won a bronze medal in the 2011 edition.