Updated: August 10, 2016 3:44:57 pm
Vikas Krishan Yadav cruised into the round of 16 in Boxing 75kg category at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Wednesday. The Indian pugilist beat USA’s Charles Cornell by a unanimous decision to progress at the Summer Games.
Two-time Olympian Vikas, fighting in the red corner, had a clear advantage going into the bout. He was far more experienced, had the height and southpaw to orthodox advantage.
When the referee signalled action, Vikas very composed in the middle. He was not distracted by the American’s clubbing style. The Indian was reading him easily and had no problems dodging punches thrown at him. Vikas has repeatedly said that for him it’s more about mind than strength.
The first round went Yadav’s way as three judges scored in his favour, similar was the second round and pressure now was on Cornwell to do something dramatic to change the complexion of the bout. The 18-year-old American gave his all in the third round, but the bout went Yadav’s way, by a unanimous decision.
Yadav will now face Onder Sipal of Turkey who won his very close, and equally entertaining round of 32 bout. This is Yadav’s second Olympic apperance and he wants to make most of it, and bury the ghost of London once and for all. In 2012, Yadav lost to another American Errol Spence, where the Indian boxer was initially adjudged the winner before Spence appealed against the judgment and the decision was over-turned on technical grounds.
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