Dinesh Kumar Sangwan was expected to make an easy start he had earlier defeated Nepals Deepak Maharajan in the Guangzhou Asian Games semifinal and he didnt disappoint one bit with a 20-8 win over Maharajan in the first round in World Championship at Baku,Azerbaijan on Wednesday.
The Haryana pugilist was in control right from the start and raced to a 10-3 lead. I have faced him a couple of times in my career and he is a much-improved boxer now. Footwork plays a part in my category and it helped me in the first round. Once I opened a lead,I was bit relaxed. The event is a long tournament and the main challenge will come from the Russian and the Cuban boxers, said Dinesh,who is an inspector in Haryana Police and is awaiting clearance to be promoted.
Sangwan,who lost in the first round at the Beijing Olympics,is keen to qualify for London through this event and believes that the recent experience gained in the World Police Games will come handy. Qualifying early will give us time to plan things. I have played under the new rules before and that came handy in todays match, Sangwan said .
On Thursday,Asian Games gold medalist Vikas Krishan will face Asadullo Boimurodov of Kyrgyzstan. In the super heavyweight (+91kg) category,Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Paramjeet Samota will take on Vitalijus Subacius of Lithuania.
AIBA clarifies on Azerbaijan
Meanwhile,clarifying on media reports about Azerbaijan boxers being seeded in their weight categories against cash-for-gold allegations last week,AIBA on Wednesday said that it was done as Azerbaijan were the hosts and the same was done in Beijing for China. It was decided in the executive meeting on August 17 that the host country boxers should be seeded in their weight categories if a boxer is not qualified through AIBA or WSB rankings,said an AIBA statement.