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World Men's Boxing Championships 2019: India's Kavinder Singh Bisht Advances To Pre-Quarterfinals

Kavinder Singh Bisht left his rival, Chena Zhihao, with a bloodied face before the judges ruled 3-2 in his favour after an exhausting bout during which both the boxers managed to connect very few impactful punches in the World Men's Boxing Championships

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World Men's Boxing Championships 2019: India's Kavinder Singh Bisht Advances To Pre-Quarterfinals
Kavinder Singh was a quarterfinalist in the 2017 Hamburg edition.
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World Men's Boxing Championships 2019: India's Kavinder Singh Bisht Advances To Pre-Quarterfinals
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2019-09-15T17:24:15+05:30

Asian silver-medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) advanced to the pre-quarterfinals with a hard-fought win over China's Chena Zhihao in the World Men's Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg (Russia) on Sunday.

(Sports News)

The fifth seeded Indian left his rival with a bloodied face before the judges ruled 3-2 in his favour after an exhausting bout during which both the boxers managed to connect very few impactful punches.

The 26-year-old Indian Air Force man, who was a quarterfinalist in the 2017 Hamburg edition and is among the strongest contenders for a medal this time around, stood out for his pace and endurance during Sunday's bout.

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Earlier, second seed and Asian champion Amit Panghal (52kg) and Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg) advanced to the pre-quarterfinals after claiming dominating wins in their respective second-round bouts.

The world championship was meant to be an Olympic qualifier and features the revised eight weight categories (52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg, +91kg) earmarked for Tokyo 2020, instead of the traditional 10 divisions.

However, the event was stripped of that status after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) lost patience with the long-standing administrative mess in the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

The IOC took control of the Olympics qualification process, which will now start next year with the Asian qualifiers in February.

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