Boxers continue to pack a punch at Asian Olympic Qualifiers
Amandeep landed a stunning upper cut on his opponent's body to knock him out of the contest. He next takes on Mongolian Serdamba Purevroj.other Updated: Jan 27, 2008 21:28 IST
Indians rounded off yet another brilliant day at the Asian Olympic Boxing Qualifying tourney with two of their three pugilists in action advancing to the quarterfinals on Sunday.
In a remarkable performance in the 48kg category, Amandeep Singh knocked out Korean Hong Woo Mon in the first round to advance to the last-eight stage of Asia's first qualifying event for Beijing Olympics.
Amandeep landed a stunning upper cut on his opponent's body to knock him out of the contest. He next takes on Mongolian Serdamba Purevroj.
"It was an awe-inspiring display and even we were stunned when he landed the punch," National coach GS Sandhu said.
In the 60kg category, Olympian Diwakar Prasad also made short work of his Pakistani rival Mohd Soffid, beating him 26-8 to set up a clash with Iranian Houman Karami.
It was a commendable performance by Diwakar, considering he had to upgrade his weight category just a couple of months ago after A L Lakra made the cut for Beijing in 57kg.
However, there was disappointment in store in the 64kg category in which Manoj Kumar went down 10-22 to a Korean.
On Monday, Akhil Kumar (54kg) and Vijender (75kg) will fight their quarterfinal bouts as they seek to move a step closer to the finals, which is a requisite to secure a berth in the Olympics.
While Commonwealth games gold medallist and comeback man Akhil takes on Kazakh Mukhit Amantayev, Doha Asiad bronze winner Vijender will slug it out against Korean Jin Cho Deok.