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Shiva, Vikas in World Youth C’ships finals

other Updated: May 03, 2010 01:15 IST

Indian boxers Shiva Thapa (54kg) and Vikas Krishan (60kg) continued their form and assured themselves of at least a silver medal each by storming into the finals of the World Youth Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan on Sunday.

Asian Youth champion Vikas pummelled Germany's Thomas Vahrenholt 8-0, while Shiva was dominated in his 11-3 win over Alexandru Marin of Romania.

Shiva will now be up against Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana, who beat off stiff competition from Poland's Dawid Micheles to win 11-7.

Vikas will face Lithuania's Evaldas Petrauskas, who was leading 8-1 against Australia's Brett Mather before the referee stopped the contest in his favour. The finals are scheduled on Monday.

Shiva, India's first gold medallist at the prestigious Hyder Aliyev Cup for junior boxers, was the first to take the ring for India and the 17-year-old was up 5-0 in the first round.

With a couple of more points in the second round, he had a firm grip on the bout. The final three minutes also belonged to the Indian.

“It's the World Championship and the competition couldn't have been tougher but once you get the opening win, everything falls into place. You feel confident, your body feels free and it moves in rhythm,” said Shiva.

Later, Vikas was equally dominating in his victory.