Vikash posts first win for India

Vikash Malik (60kg) notched up India’s first win at the ongoing World Boxing Championships as he beat Kyrgyzstan’s Meder Mamakeev to enter the second round of the mega-even here on Tuesday.

The reigning national champion, the lone Indian in action on Tuesday, prevailed over Mamakeev 3-0 to enter the second round where he will be up against Poland’s POL Dawid Michelus on October 20. Michelus got a first-round bye.

Vikash, who was a pre-quarterfinalist at the Asian Championships in June, was trailing in the opening round when the individual scores handed out under the new 10-point system, which evaluates the boxer not just on the number of punches connected but also his overall ring-craft.

However, he roared back in the next two rounds, impressing the judges, who were unanimous in picking him the winner.

On Wednesday, Asian Championships silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) will make his World Championships debut when he takes on Tanazania’s Selemani Kidunda.

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