Hussamuddin advances to pre-quarters at IBA World Boxing Championships
The Asian and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mohammad Hussamuddin (57kg) progressed to the pre-quarters of the IBA Men’s World Boxing Championships 2023 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In the round of 32 bout, Hussamuddin was up against China’s Lyu Ping, where he won unanimously 5-0.
He will next take on Russia’s Savvin Eduard in the pre-quarterfinal on Sunday. Asian silver-medallist Ashish was up against two-time Olympic Champion Arlen Lopez of Cuba in the round of 32 bout.
Ashish went on the offensive in the first round but Arlen defended well and hit some heavy counter-punches on Ashish to win the first round. The Indian boxer came back strongly in the second round and took the game to the opposition to win the round.
With everything to play for in the last round, both the boxers went neck and neck and landed fierce punches in what was an intensly fought bout. Both the boxers showed a lot of heart and courage but the Cuban boxer won the bout 5-2 after bout review.
On Saturday, two Indian boxers will be in action in their round of 32 bout. Akash (67kg) will face China’s Fu Mingke whereas Nishant Dev (71kg) will take on Korea’s Lee Sangmin. The ongoing tournament is witnessing the participation of 538 boxers, including several Olympic medallists, from 107 countries.