2010 Asian Games silver medallist Dinesh Kumar (81kg) marched into the next round at the 2011 AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan with a resounding victory in his opening bout of the championship. Kumar hammered Deepak Maharajan of Nepal in a one-sided affair to become the fourth Indian to make it into the round of 32 after L Devendro Singh (49kg), Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Akhil Kumar (56kg).
Playing in the light heavy category, the 25 year old dominated proceedings from the get go. With the help of some hard hitting blows and combinations; he took a 10: 3 lead in the first round. The world number 12 continued to dictate terms throughout the rest of the game, giving the Nepalese only a few chances to score. A 20:8 victory saw him make a place in the next round of the championship, where he will lock horns with Bosko Draskovic of Montenegro. Draskovic defeated Maxwell Amponsah of Ghana to set up the clash on the 2nd of October, in the last 32 round.
Dinesh is making his second appearance at the world championships. In the previous edition at Milan in 2009, he made it to the quarter-final stage of the tournament, before facing defeat at the hands of the eventual gold medal winner Artur Beterbiev of Russia.
Day four of the Championship will witness Asian Games gold medallist Vikas Krishnan make his welterweight (69kg) debut as he takes on Asadullo Boimurodov of Kyrgyzstan. In the super heavyweight (+91kg) category, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Paramjeet Samota will take on Vitalijus Subacius of Lithuania.