Commonwealth Games medal-winning duo of Gaurav Solanki and Naman Tanwar entered the quarterfinals of the 70th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament with contrasting wins in Sofia.
Gold Coast champion Solanki, taking to the ring within 24 hours of his first-round win, defeated Kazakhstan’s Anvar Muzaparov 3-2 in a hard-fought contest on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old Tanwar, who claimed a bronze at the Commonwealth Games, got the better of Poland’s Michal Soczynski 5-0 in a dominating performance.
Solanki faces Uzbekistan’s Fayzov Khudonyazar in the last-eight stage. Khudonyazar defeated local hope Tinko Babanakov in his pre-quarterfinal bout, which was also ended in a split verdict.
Tanwar, on the other hand, will be up against Ukraine’s Serhii Horskov. Horskov out-punched Serbia’s Darko Stankovic in his pre-quarterfinal contest to fetch a 5-0 decision from the judges.
It was curtains for Ulaan Baatar Cup gold-medallist Ankush Dahiya. Dahiya lost to Macedonia’s Jasin Ljama, the bout lasting just over a minute before the referee stopped the contest. Dahiya is also a former Asian youth silver-medallist.
India’s best medal haul at this prestigious European event was last year when the country snared 11 in total, two of them gold.