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Devendro punches up a storm

On Tuesday, young and restless Devendro Singh took the ring in his inimitable style and left his opponent collapsing like a house of cards. Saurabh Duggal reports.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2012 00:54 IST
Saurabh Duggal
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Vijender Singh and Jai Bhagwan dominated their first round contests, and then despite the judges' verdict going against him, Sumit Sangwan hogged the limelight after the spectators declared him a winner. On Tuesday, young and restless Devendro Singh took the ring in his inimitable style and left his opponent collapsing like a house of cards.

Devendro was so aggressive with his punches that he took just over two minutes to wrap up the tie against Bayron Molina Figueroa of Honduras in the opening round of the 49kg category. After he had forced Bayron to take the count twice, the referee stopped the contest after a flurry of punches from Devendro forced his dazed opponent to take the count a third time in the round.

"At the start, Devendro was quite nervous and I was worried how he would perform. But it proved a blessing in disguise because he became over aggressive and the referee had to stopped the contest," chief national coach GS Sandhu said.

"We tried to signal to him to calm down because we didn't want him to wrap up the tie in just 2 minutes. We wanted him to be on the ring for the full nine minutes so that he can have a feel of the ring. But it's okay. Such an impressive win will surely motivate him to do better in his next bout," he added.

In the next bout (per-quarterfinals), Devendro will face world number two Purevdorj Serdamba of Mongolia.

The 20-year-old made it to the Olympics after his first senior international outing and that too the world championships. And today in his maiden bout in the quadrennial games he didn't let his opponent stand in front of him for too long. "I am ready to take on anybody. I am here to win, so it doesn't matter whom I am fighting against," said a confident Devendro. "I was little bit upset after the Shiva's early exit and now to some extent I have make up for my friend's loss."

It's getting ugly
India's Sumit Sangwan was left shattered on Monday by the shocking scoring. On Tuesday, French light flyweight Jeremy Beccu blasted the judges after losing a controversial decision to Kazakhstan's Brzhan Zhakypov in the first round.

The 21-year-old was beaten 18-17 by an opponent who looked as if he had accepted defeat as he stood wiping his eyes, awaiting the score. "I knew I had to also fight against the judges," said Beccu, who stood in the middle of the ring with his hands on his hips after the decision.