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Vikas Krishan beats Onder Sipal to enter Rio 2016 Olympics qaurters

Vikas Krishan stormed into the quarter-finals of men's 75kg category by beating Onder Sipal.

By: Express Web Desk |
August 13, 2016 2:41:18 am
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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.

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Apart from Vikas, Manoj Kumar is the other boxer still in the contest in the men’s 66kg.

As it happened

0355 hrs IST: Winner by unanimous decision, Vikas Krishan moves into the quarter-finals of 75kg catergory

0352 hrs IST: That is the end of the third round and bout. Vikas should be a clear winner here

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0351 hrs IST: Some brilliant move from Vikas to deny Sipal some punches. Footwork

0350 hrs IST: Charge from Vikas with couple of blows from Sipal. Indian is clearly dominating but it is close

0349 hrs IST: Vikas Krishan with some accurate punches but less than Sipal. But he should get this round

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0344 hrs IST: Vikas Krishan has landed some good punches here but the first round is split 2:1 in Vikas favour

0343 hrs IST: A big uppercut from Vikas and he is landing consistently here

0342 hrs IST: Vikas is being aggressive and he has hit Sipal on the face. A cut above his eye

0340 hrs IST: Vikas and Sipal begin their bout. Vikas defensive at the start. And then a flurry of punches

0322 hrs IST: Vikas Krishan will be up against Sipal for his pre-quarters bout in a few moments

Experience, draw make Vikas a medal contender

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Four years after he first boxed in the Olympics, Vikas Krishan picked up his first win in the competition when he took a unanimous decision over Charles Conwell of the USA in the first round of the middleweight category. With a potential banana peel opening round out of the way, Krishan, unlike his two other teammates, has a relatively simpler draw to get to the medal rounds. Shiva Thapa in the bantamweight division faces Olympic champion Robeisy Ramirez in the first round, while Manoj Kumar faces a potential second round bout against world silver medalist Fazliddin Gazibnazarov.

Krishan, meanwhile, will fight Onder Sipal of Turkey. Sipal a 29-year-old veteran had a close fought win over Benny Muziyo of Zambia. While Sipal has fought in the AIBA’s pro boxing tournament, his record isn’t one that would trouble the Indian. Provided he gets past the Turk, Krishan will face his stiffest challenge against Bektemir Melikuziev. The 20-year-old Uzbek boxer won a silver medal at the 2015 World championships and has also beaten the Indian in the final of the 2015 Asian Championships. The Asian bout, however, was a close battle. Krishan won the second round of what was a brutal encounter and narrowly lost the decision. Krishan’s draw has been made all the more smoother by the fact that Michael O’Reilly, a medal contender and a likely semifinal opponent was disqualified from the games by failing a dope test.

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If his opening round was anything to go by, Krishan has found his groove early in the competition. The win was an important won to get out of the way, if only to banish some of the demons from his first round bout at the London Olympics.

Yadav cruises into round of 16 with win over USA’s Charles Cornell

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Vikas Krishan, Vikas Krishan India, Vikas Krishan news, India Vikas Krishan, Vikas Krishan updates, Vikas Krishan bout, rio 2016 olympics, rio 2016 olympics news, rio 2016 olympics updates, sports news, sports The first round went Vikas Krishan Yadav’s way as three judges scored in his favour. (Source: AP)

Vikas Krishan Yadav cruised into the round of 16 in Boxing 75kg category at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Wednesday. The Indian pugilist beat USA’s Charles Cornell by a unanimous decision to progress at the Summer Games.

Two-time Olympian Vikas, fighting in the red corner, had a clear advantage going into the bout. He was far more experienced, had the height and southpaw to orthodox advantage.

When the referee signalled action, Vikas very composed in the middle. He was not distracted by the American’s clubbing style. The Indian was reading him easily and had no problems dodging punches thrown at him. Vikas has repeatedly said that for him it’s more about mind than strength.

The first round went Yadav’s way as three judges scored in his favour, similar was the second round and pressure now was on Cornwell to do something dramatic to change the complexion of the bout. The 18-year-old American gave his all in the third round, but the bout went Yadav’s way, by a unanimous decision.

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First published on: 13-08-2016 at 02:41:18 am
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