Rio De Janeiro: India’s Vikas Krishan moved into the quarter-finals of the men’s 75kg category after beating Onder Sipal of Turkey by unanimous decision in a clearly dominating bout. Vikas in now one win away from a medal at the Games.
Vikas is India’s first boxer to reach the quarters of Rio Games. He will meet Uzbekistan’s world championships silver medallist Bektemir Melikuziev in the next bout.
Vikas began the bout on an aggressive note and hit some clean punches on Sipal and later used his long range to get some defence. He later showed great footwork to avoid punches as well. The first round was a 2:1 split but in the favour of the Indian.
The second and third round were more dominated by Vikas and he was awarded the two round by unanimous decision. In the third round, one of the judges awarded the round to Sipal but Vikas had pocketed the second round to make it non-effective.
Apart from Vikas, Manoj Kumar is the other boxer still in the contest in the men’s 66kg.