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Vikas Krishan punches his way into quarters, win away from assuring medal

Vikas Krishan defeated Onder Sipal of Turkey in the second round of the men's Middleweight (75kg) category to make it into the quarters.

By: IANS | Rio De Janeiro |
August 13, 2016 4:18:56 am
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Indian boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav defeated Onder Sipal of Turkey 3-0 to enter the quarter-finals of the men’s Middleweight (75kg) category at the ongoing Rio Olympics here.

The Haryana boxer dominated all three rounds of the Round of 16 clash on Friday to clinch a unanimous decision with the judges scoring 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 in his favour.

Vikas, who is just one win away from a medal, will now face Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan for a berth in the last four stage.

The Uzbek was quite impressive during his quarter-final bout, handing out some brutal punishment to Jason Daniel of Australia over three one-sided rounds to claim a unanimous 30-27, 30-26, 30-27 verdict.

Vikas dominated right from the start, scoring freely with his quick combinations and jabs. The 24-year-old also kept the Turk from landing too many punches with his excellent defence and fast reflexes.

Sipal seemed to be a bit out of his depth and copped a lot from punishment from the Indian as the judges awarded the first round 10-9, 10-9, 9-10 to Vikas.

The 2011 World Championships medallist dominated the second round as well with the judges ruling 10-9, 10-9, 10-9 in his favour.

A desperate Sipal tried to adapt a more aggressive approach in the third and final round, but Vikas still managed to get a 10-9, 9-10, 10-10 decision from the judges and wrap up the issue.

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