Boxing: Shiva Thapa in World Championship semis, assured of medal

  • IANS, Doha
  • Updated: Oct 11, 2015 11:22 IST
A file photo of Indian boxer Shiva Thapa. (Rajnish Katyal/HT Photo)

Shiva Thapa (56kg) assured India of a medal at the World Boxing Championships when he entered the semi-finals following an overwhelming 3-0 win over local hope Hakan Erseker in Doha on Saturday.

With this win, Thapa became only the third Indian to claim a medal at the Worlds after Vijender Singh in 2009 and Vikas Krishan Yadav (2011), who lost earlier in the day.

Thapa is also now one win away from securing a berth for the country in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. If the Asian Championships bronze medallist will lose in the semi-final, the boxer from Assam will get another play-off to book his ticket to Rio.

The bantamweight boxer started the bout in a convincing fashion, landing his punches clearly. He looked more agile and active as compared to the Qatari and the Indian’s aggression ultimately overwhelmed Erseker.

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