Amman (Jordan), Mar 3 : India got off to a flying start at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers for boxing as Gaurav Solanki (57 Kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) registered commanding victories in their opening round clashes respectively, here on Tuesday.
While Solanki registered a thumping 5-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan's national boxing champion Akylbek Esenbek Uulu, Kumar dealt a 5-0 blow on Chinese Taipei’s Kan Chia-Wei. In a blistering start, Solanki brought his attacking game to rain down jabs and punches from the very beginning. The second round turned out to be more competitive with the Kyrgyz boxer showing more aggression, but Solanki's patience helped him sail through that.
The exertion in the second round took a toll on the Kyrgyz pugilist, who looked visibly exhausted towards the end of the bout, where Solanki was declared the winner by points. Solanki will next face top seed and world champion Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov of Uzbekistan, who is also the reigning Asian Games and Asian champion. That bout is scheduled to be held on March 7. Ashish Kumar was equally impressive in his 75kg opening bout with Chinese Taipei’s Kan Chia- Wei. (UNI)