The Indian team continued its winning spree at the 2011 AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan as veteran boxers Akhil Kumar (56kg) and Suranjoy Singh (52kg) steamrolled their 1st round opponents registering easy victories. While former Commonwealth Champion Akhil drubbed Filip Barak of Slovakia, the diminutive dynamo Suranjoy hammered Zsolt Dobradi of Hungary in a one-sided affair. Both the boxers have now advanced to the round of 32 in the championships.
2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Suranjoy started off slow, in the fly weight category, notching just a two point lead after the opening three minutes of play (6:4). But as the second round began, the 25 year launched an offensive onslaught breaking through the weak defence of the Hungarian boxer. By the end of the round the writing was on the wall as Suranjoy led 17:5. In the final round as well he continued to plunder his opponent, and went on to register a 24:8 victory, cementing his place in the next round of the championships. In the next round though, Suranjoy will have to muster all his experience to edge past 2009 World Championship silver medallist Nyambayar Tugstsogt of Mongolia who made his place in the round of 32 defeating Stefan Ivanov of Bulgaria. Ranked 5th in the world and seeded 7th in the tournament Tugstsogt, would also have a psychological advantage over Suranjoy, as he is the one who defeated the 2010 Asian games bronze medallist (10:10) in his opening bout at the World Championship in Milan.
Akhil, the most experienced Indian boxer had to wait longer to open his account in the championship as his bout was the last of the day. Up against the Slovakian boxer Barak, the 30 year old exhibited his skill in the craft taking a 3 point lead in the first round, making it a five point game after the second. In the end he registered a comfortable victory over Barak with a 16:8 win on points.
In the next round Akhil will lock horns with world number 4 and seeded 4th in the tournament, John Nevin of Ireland. Nevin a bronze medallist at the 2009 AIBA World Championships might prove to be a tricky customer, when the veteran boxer takes him on, on the 3rd of October.
Day three of the championships will continue with preliminary round action and witness Guangzhou Asian Games silver medallist, Dinesh Kumar take the stage. Dinesh who is ranked 12th in the world is expected to have a fairly easy bout against Deepak Maharajan of Nepal.