Boxer Vijender Kumar enters quarters

Indian boxer Vijender Kumar defeated Thailand's Angkhan Chomphuphuang in the 75 kg category of the boxing event on Saturday to enter the quarterfinals.

updated: August 22, 2008 09:00 IST
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New Delhi:

Continuing the stupendous show of Indian boxers, Vijender Kumar stormed into the quarterfinals of 75kg middleweight event of the Beijing Olympics after overwhelming Angkhan Chomphuphuang of Thailand 13-3 in a lop-sided pre-quarterfinal bout on Saturday.

With this win, he became the third Indian boxer to enter the quarterfinals. Jitender Kumar (Flyweight category) and Akhil Kumar (Bantamweight category) are the other two Indian pugilist to make it to the quarterfinals. While Vijender and Jitender will play their respective quarterfinals on Wednesday, Akhil plays his on Monday.

Vijender attacked from the word 'go' and dominated the middleweight bout. His sharp reflexes and height didnot allow the Thai pugilist to overpower him in any of the four rounds. The Indian unleashed mostly upper cuts and jabs and the Thai had no clue as to what was going.

In the first round, he led 2-0. In the second round, however, Angkhan opened his account and managed to grab a point but Vijender had four punches on target and led 6-1. In the third round he did not allow his opponent any point and extended his lead to 10-1.

The Thai boxer made some recovery in the fourth round and earned 2 points but it came too late and Vijender had three accurate punches in comparison to Angkhan's two punches, taking his total to 13-3.

The one-sided show from Vijender drew praise from his coach GS Sandhu who said things worked out according to the plan.

"It was a great bout and Vijender displayed his full bag of tricks. It went just as we had planned," an elated coach GS Sandhu said.

"Vijender was in full control and not for once did he look vulnerable. Whatever we planned bore fruit and I'm proud of the way he fought today," he added.

Asked about Vijender's next bout, Sandhu said, "He has not played against him (Carlos Gongora) but we have certain plans and you will see it in the quarterfinal bout itself."

(With PTI inputs)