Former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) and Asian silver-medallist Deepak Singh (49kg) were the prominent ones to assure themselves of medals on Wednesday as Indian boxers continued their commanding performance at the Thailand International Tournament in Bangkok.
Nikhat, also an Asian Championships bronze-medallist, recorded a 5-0 triumph over Uzbekistan’s Sitora Shogdarova.
In the men’s draw, Deepak took barely a couple of minutes to leave his rival Samak Saehan of Thailand with a bloodied forehead, forcing a stoppage in the first round itself.
“The bout went well for me and I think my game is coming together very nicely,” Nikhat told PTI from Bangkok.
Also advancing to the medal rounds were Ashish (69kg), Manju Rani (48kg), Brijesh Yadav (81kg) and Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Mohammed Husammuddin (56kg).
Ashish defeated Jamaica’s Joshua Frazer 5-0, putting in a dominating performance.
Husammuddin also toyed with his Korean rival Lee Yechan before fetching a 5-0 verdict, putting on quite a show with his attacking game.
Brijesh, on the other hand, had to toil a bit to edge past Thailand’s Jakka Pong Yomkhot 4-1.
But Manju had no trouble out-punching Italy’s Roberta Bonati in the women’s draw. The Indian won on a unanimous decision.
However, Asian silver-medallist Manisha Moun (57kg) lost to Russia’s Luidmila Vorontsova in a unanimous verdict to sign off without a medal at this event.
Monika and Jamuna Boro impress at President’s Cup
At the ongoing 23rd President’s Cup in Labuan Bajo in Indonesia, Monika (48kg) hardly broke a sweat in ending the challenge of Indonesia’s Niis Anggelina 5-0 to book her place in the final.
India Open gold medallist Jamuna Boro (54kg) continued her impeccable form as well to make it to the semi-finals following a 5-0 victory over Thailand’s Inkam Jeerapark.
Neeraj Swami (49kg) and Dinesh Dagar (69kg) had earlier assured themselves of a medal after making their way into the semi-finals.
Six-time World Championships gold medallist Mary Kom leads the 10-member Indian squad at this prestigious tournament which will continue till July 28.
Earlier, Shiva Thapa had become the first Indian to win a gold medal at this tournament.