Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh (75kg) started his 2013 World Championship campaign on a big high, as he steam rolled past Sweden’s Hampus Henriksson in the preliminaries of the middle weight division. The 27 year old, playing his fourth world championship was in sublime touch as he devoured Heriksson in a one sided affair.
Vijender, who was the first Indian boxer to win a World Championship medal in 2009 at Milan, completely exploited the inexperience of the Swedish boxer. He made a strong start and took the fight to his opponent right from the word go. His piercing straight jabs coupled with his nimble ring movement, was something Henriksson did not have an answer to. Singh eased off the pedal in the last two rounds, yet managed to win the bout by a unanimous decision. The scoreline read 30:25, 30:27 and 30:27. The round of 32 on Saturday (19 Oct 2013) will see Vijender take on Ireland's Jason Quigley, who was crowned the reigning European champion earlier this year. The Irishman is seeded 5 in the tournament and got a bye in the first round.
Two Indian boxers will take to the rings at Almaty on Friday (18 Oct 2013). Two time Asian Championship Bronze Medal winner Manoj Kumar (64kg) will begin his campaign against Fatih Keles of Turkey, who is the reigning European Champion in the light weight division. Kumar who is seeded 6th at the tournament has had a good year so far; the 26 year old won a Gold Medal at the Lymassol Boxing Cup in Cyprus and a Bronze Medal at the 2013 Asian Boxing Championship and will look to continue his good form at the Worlds as well. Heavy weight boxer and Asian Games Silver medallist Manpreet Singh (91kg) will also be seen in action against Keddy Agnes of Seychelles.