Vijender in World Boxing Championship q-finals

vijender Singh

The Olympic bronze medal-winning middle weight pugilist joined Dinesh Kumar (81kg) in the last-eight stage with a 4-2 win over Rolls late last night.
The 23-year-old world number two was trailing 0-1 in the opening round but drew form his experience and long reach to get the better of his rival.
Vijender landed a couple of straight combination punches to end the second round 2-1 up.
In the third round, Vijender increased his lead by a couple of more points and spent the final few seconds of the bout dodging his opponent with intelligent footwork and sharp jabs.
Vijender will now take on Sergiy Derevyanchenko of Ukraine in the quarterfinals tonight.
Derevyanchenko defeated Adem Killici of Turkey in the other pre-quarterfinal bout.
This is the first time that two Indians have made the quarterfinals of boxing's blue-ribbon event.
In the third round, Vijender increased his lead by a couple of more points and spent the final few seconds of the bout dodging his opponent with intelligent footwork and sharp jabs.
"I know I am on the verge of another historic first but I am not nervous and feeling quite confident about winning my next bout," the 23-year-old world number two, who takes on Ukraine's Sergiy Derevyanchenko in the last-eight stage later tonight, said.
"I have never competed against this Sergiy. He comes from a country that has a good reputation internationally but I am confident about my game. I am in good form and feeling fit. So, I hope to be at the winning end.
"It has been a good tournament for me and no better way to cap it off then by winning a medal." the strapping six-footer added.
National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu was all praise for Vijender and said the Haryana-boxer has every chance of ending India's medal drought in boxing's blue-ribbon event.
"It was a low-scoring bout but Vijender fought really well. He is very focused and disciplined. He executes his plans well in the ring and hopefully would win tonight," he said.

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