Akhil, Suranjoy ease into Round 2 of Word Boxing Championships

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Suranjoy (52kg) pummelled Hungary's Dobradi Zsolt 24-8, while Akhil (56kg), also a former CWG gold-medallist, defeated Slovakia's Filip Barak 16-8 in his opening bout of the first Olympic qualifying event.

Suranjoy next faces ninth-seeded Mongolian Nyambayar Tugstsogt on October 2. Tugstsogt, a silver-medallist at the previous edition of the event, defeated Bulgaria's Stefan Ivano 22-15 in his opening bout.

Akhil, on the other hand, will square off against fourth seed John Nevin of Ireland on October 3. Nevin, a bronze-medallist at the 2009 World Championships in Milan and an ex-European champion, got a bye in the opening round.

Suranjoy opened the proceedings for India today and the 'tempo boxer' gave a perfect start. The Manipuri led from the first round itself, finishing the opening three minutes 6-4 ahead.

He went on the rampage in the second round, notching up 11 points against his opponent's one to take firm control of the proceedings. The final round was a mere formality as Suranjoy added seven points to his tally to register a comprehensive win.

"The scoreline doesn't show the kind of aggression Suranjoy came face to face in the ring. But he applied his mind and countered aggression with left uppercuts and hooks," national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu told PTI from Baku.

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