India’s Nishant Dev off to flying start at 74th Strandja Memorial International Boxing Tournament
The 2022 National champion Nishant Dev kicked off his campaign with a stellar victory at the Strandja Memorial International Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria on Monday.
Squaring off against Wang Peicheng of China in the 71kg bout, Nishant started the bout by showcasing his swift movement and efficiently dodging his opponent’s attacks. The southpaw smartly shifted gears as the bout progressed and utilized his attacking prowess to keep Peicheng at bay.
The Haryana born boxer was in cruise control throughout the bout, landing powerful, accurate punches to assert dominance over his Chinese counterpart and secured a 5-0 victory by unanimous decision. He will now face the 2020 Olympic Games bronze medallist Aidan Walsh of Ireland in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.
In the other bout of the day, Sunita went down fighting against Patricio Shera Ma of the USA in the 54kg category, suffering a 0:5 defeat.
Later tonight, five more Indian pugilists will begin their respective campaigns by take to the ring for their bouts.
The 2022 Asian Championships bronze medallist Sumit will be in action as he takes on Sotiropoulos Iason of Greece in the men’s 75kg category.
While Kalaivani will face Tesara Cleo of Philippines in the women’s 48kg category, Anamika and Vinakshi will be up against Chang Yuan of China and Hamzayeva Aghamaliyeva Mashati of Azerbaijin in the 50kg and 57kg categories respectively.
The standout fixture of the day will be between the 2022 Asian Championships bronze medallist Ankushita Boro and decorated Irish pugilist Amy Broadhust who is the reigning world champion in the women’s 66kg category. All four women pugilists will be contesting in the Round of 16 stage.
The record six time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa and two-time Commonwealth bronze medallist Mohammad Hussamuddin will be commencing with their tournament openers on Tusday. Thapa will take on Lundgaard Jensen Frederik of Denmark in the 63.5kg category while Hussamuddin will face Lyu Ping of China in the 57kg category.
The 2018 World Championships bronze medallist Simranjit Kaur will get underway at the tournament as she squares off against Scanlon Danielle of Australia in the 60kg category on Wednesday.
The prestigious tournament is witnessing the participation of 398 pugilists, including 256 men and 142 women which is the highest ever in the competition’s history.