Commonwealth Game Gold Medalist Manoj Kumar (64 kgs) was unstoppable today as he trounced 4th Seeded Raymond Moylette of Ireland on points 19:7 in the afternoon session. Disregarding his opponents higher ranked status, Manoj kept a tight, close guard and attacked relentlessly right from the start of the 1st round. By the end of round 1, Manoj had a slender lead of 5:3 pts. In round 2, Manoj was smart enough to keep out of Raymond’s swinging punches which could have been quite lethal had they landed. He kept scoring valuable points and ended round 2 with a score of 12:4 pts. In round 3, the Irishman started with all guns blazing as he had to score heavily to win, and Manoj landed a perfect body blow on his opponent which had him holding his stomach and hitting the canvas with pain. The Referee gave Raymond a mandatory count of eight and then resumed boxing. After that although Raymond did try gamely to put up a fight, the writing was on the wall and Manoj romped home the Winner on pts 19:7. His next opponent in the pre quarter finals on 04 Oct will be Hu Qing of China who narrowly defeated Samir Machrouh of France in another bout today.
12th seeded Dinesh Kumar (81 kgs) defeated Bosko Draskovic of Monte Negro by disqualification in the 3rd round. In round 1, both boxers traded equal punches and Dinesh had a narrow lead of 5:4 pts. In round 2 Dinesh stepped up the tempo and Bosko was desperate as he was unable to score. He then started butting with his head and the Referee gave him two warnings in the 2nd round whereby Dinesh got 4 additional valuable points. Round 2 ended with Dinesh comfortably ahead with a score of 14:6 pts. In round 3, while both boxers were trading punches, suddenly Bosko again fouled dinesh with Head Butts and the Referee correctly gave him a 3rd warning and disqualified Bosko. When the results were being announced, Bosko refused to come into the centre of the ring as a sign of protest against the Referee’s decision to disqualify him. Dinesh will now meet 5thseeded Damien Hooper of Australia in the pre quarter finals on 04 Oct morning session.
Suranjoy’s defeat to 9th seeded Tugstsogt Nyambayar was a big disappointment to the Indian Camp as it was hoped and expected that he would avenge his earlier first round defeat to the Mongolian Boxer who went on to win the Silver Medal in the last World Championships at Milan in 2009. Today Suranjoy was never in his usual form and at the end of round 1 was training by a solitary point 4:5. In the 2nd round Suranjoy fought bravely and the Mongolian also got a warning from the Referee for ‘Holding’ and hence Suranjoy was now ahead on pts 13:12. However the 3rd round was a total catastrophe for Suranjoy as he walked into the Mongol’s punch midway in the round and was given a mandatory count for a knock down by the Referee. Subsequently, the Mongolian had the upper hand as he was also atleast a couple of inches taller than Suranjoy and went on to win 17:14.
In today’s evening session Vikas Krishan (69 kgs) will play against 7th seeded Nurudzinov Mahamed of Belarus at about 10.00 pm local time at Azerbaijan.
I am attaching photos of Manoj and Dinesh in a separate email as otherwise this would be quite bulky. Those who need the photos may open the other email.