On Tuesday at the men’s World Championships in Tashkent, Indian boxers Deepak Bhoria (51 kg) and Nishant Dev (71 kg) recorded decisive victories and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Deepak continued his impressive tournament performance by defeating Zhangh Jiamao of China with a 5-0 unanimous decision in their round of 16 bout at 51 kilogrammes.
Nishant, on the other hand, breezed through his 71-kilogram round-of-16 bout against Foqahaa Nidal of Palestine with an RSC (referee stops the contest) victory.
Nishant was so dominant that the fight was stopped after less than two minutes.
The referee gave Nidal his first standing count after the Indian southpaw landed a series of body shots before connecting with a big right hook.
A few seconds later, Nishant down Nidal with a left, right, and left hook combination that resulted in the referee giving Nidal a second count and ending the bout.
Deepak, who was competing in the 51-kilogram Olympic weight class, did exceptionally well.
In a close opening round where both fighters landed some solid strikes, the 25-year-old Indian eventually edged out a 3-2 advantage.
The fighter from Haryana stepped up the pace in the final six minutes. Deepak landed a flurry of punches and ducked out of the way of his opponent’s strikes with ease thanks to his quick footwork in the ring.
On Sunday, Deepak stunned the competition by defeating the 2021 world champion and bronze medalist from the Tokyo Olympics, Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov.