In what could be considered as the first good news for Indians in the ongoing London Olympics games, ace boxer Vijender Singh recorded an easy win against Kazakhstan's Danabek Sukhanov to advance to the round of 16 of the games.
With this win Vijender has advanced to pre-quarterfinals under middleweight (75kg) class.
Vijender played a prudent and cautious game in round one. However, in the preceding rounds he opened himself to a real attack on Sukhanov and punched his all way to a good 14-10 victory against his opponent from Kazakhstan.
Vijender is a Beijing 2008 bronze medal winner under the middle weight category. Meanwhile, in Commonwealth Games, he bagged silver in 2006 and bronze in 2010.
"I am delighted to make it through to the next round, he was a tough opponent and now its on to the next challenge," said the 26-year-old. I want to go home with a different coloured medal this time," Vijender said, as reported by PTI.
Here are the results of other matches of the Olympic men's boxing Middleweight category, which held on Saturday.
- Vijender Singh (India) beat Danabek Suzhanov (Kazakhstan) 14-10
- Abdelmalek Rahou (Algeria) beat Jesse Ross (Australia) 13-11
- Aleksandar Drenovak (Serbia) beat Marlo Delgado Suarez (Ecuador) 13-12
- Adem Kilicci (Turkey) beat Nursahat Pazziyev (Turkmenistan) 14-7
- Terrell Gausha (U.S.) beat Andranik Hakobyan (Armenia) 0-0
- Abbos Atoev (Uzbekistan) beat Badr-Eddine Haddioui (Morocco) 11-9
- Soltan Migitinov (Azerbaijan) beat Mohamed Hikal (Egypt) 20-12
- Zoltan Harcsa (Hungary) beat Jose Espinosa (Venezuela) 16-13
- Mujandjae Kasuto (Namibia) beat Sobirdzhon Nazarov (Tajikistan) 11-8
- Stefan Hartel (Germany) beat Enrique Collazo (Puerto Rico) 18-10
- Darren O'Neill (Ireland) beat Muideen Akanji (Nigeria) 15-6
- Anthony Ogogo (Britain) beat Junior Castillo (Dominican Republic) 13-6
(With inputs from Reuters)