Indian boxing duo of Sachin Siwach (49kg) and Devanshu Jaiswal (81kg) reached the quarter-finals of their respective categories in the President’s Cup in Kazakhstan. Siwach edged past local favorite O Bayniyazov 3-2 in his match while Jaiswal defeated Belarus’ Pavel Brazovskiy to progress further.
The Indian boxing contingent was at their very best at the recently concluded 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia. The entire Indian male boxing team that traveled to Australia managed to win a medal at the CWG which had never happened before. The boxers have managed to inspire youngsters to take up the sport and excel at it.
This was evident at the ongoing 2018 President’s cup in Astana, Kazakhstan where the Indian duo of Sachin Siwach and Devanshu Jaiswal secured a quarter-final spot. Former world youth champion Sachin Siwach (49kg) was among the two Indian boxers to enter the quarter-finals while three others lost their initial bouts in Kazakhstan. Siwach, who was voted the best youth boxer of the Asian Confederation last year, defeated local favorite O Bayniyazov 3-2 to reach the quarter-finals last night.
The second who made the quarters was Devanshu Jaiswal in the light heavyweight (81kg) category. Jaiswal defeated Belarus’ Pavel Brazovskiy in the current round to progress further in the tournament.
In other news, the Indian boxers who were handed first-round losses were Thomas Meitei Mayengbam (64kg), Dinesh Dagar (69kg), and India Open gold-medallist Sanjeet (91kg). While Thomas was beaten 0-5 by Thailand’s Masuk Wuttichai, Indian compatriot Dinesh lost by a similar margin to Uzbekistan’s Makhmud Gaipov. Sanjeet suffered a stunning knockout at the hands of Olympic silver-medallist Vasily Levit.