Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh is now a bout away from adding a World Championship medal to his kitty.
True to his top seeding, the Haryana Police DSP defeated Canada's Rolls Steve by 4-2 to make it to the quarterfinals of the ongoing AIBA World Championships at Milan, Italy, on Tuesday.
Vijender, who had height advantage over his opponent, was on the backfoot in the first round, trailing 0-1. In the second round, he played with a close guard and scored on counter attacks.
Leading 2-1, Vijender did not give any chance to the Canadian boxer in the third round and eventually sealed the bout in his favor 4-2.
"After my victory over the Kazakh boxer, I was determined to win today's bout. Now my focus is on the tomorrow's (Wednesday’s) bout, the last hurdle between me and a world championship medal," said Vijender from Milan.
Talking about his bout, he said, "I started my bout keeping in my mind that attack is the best defence and after gaining crucial lead in the second round, I gained in confidence and started scoring on counter punches while keeping a close guard."
Vijender with his better reach tried to fend his opponent’s lethal blow on his face and body.
“I was just trying to focus on not frittering away my lead. So I was playing a little defensively,” said the Bhiwani boxer. “I hope to do well in the quarters,” said the Beijing Olympic bronze medallist.
With Vijender making it to top-eight stage — he will fight with a Ukrainian boxer — India have two boxers in the quarters, the best ever show thus far. On Monday, Dinesh had won his pre-quarterfinal bout.
"Vijender displayed superb skill in both his bouts in the championship. I hope we end up with a medal," said chief national coach G.S. Sandhu.
PS: Vijender’s bout is scheduled for late on Wednesday night.