New Delhi, Sep 15 : Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) had to sweat hard beating China’s Chen Zhihao 3-2 to enter the round of 16 at the AIBA Men’s World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia on Sunday.
The fifth seed’s early use of aggression backfired when his Chinese opponent managed to resist his punches in the final round to land some of his own.
A determined Kavinder refused to let that bother him and kept fighting till the end to edge Zhihao by a whisker as three judges ruled in his favour.
In his last outing in 2017, Bisht caused a big upset when he knocked out two-time World Championships medallist Mohamed Flissi of Algeria on his way to the quarter-finals.
With this victory, Indian boxers continued their stellar run at the World Championships this year as they won six out of their seven bouts.
Earlier, second seed and Asian champion Amit Panghal (52kg) and Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg) moved to the pre-quarterfinals after wiiining in their respective second round bouts.
On Monday, Satish Kumar (+91kg) will start his challenge against Strandja Cup gold medallist Richard Torrez of the US.
Panghal, Bisht and Ashish Kumar were seeded this time as a total of four Indian boxers got first-round byes at this elite championship where 488 athletes from 89 countries are vying for medals.(UNI)