3 boxers advance to 2nd round in world youth championship

Asian bronze-medallist Bhavesh Kattimani (52kg) and debutant Akash Kumar (56kg) advanced to the second round of the world youth boxing championships with comfortable opening wins.

India was assured of two medals after two women pugilists got direct entry into the semifinals, owing to the small size of the draw. (Representational Image)   -  Getty Images

Asian bronze-medallist Bhavesh Kattimani (52kg) and debutant Akash Kumar (56kg) advanced to the second round of the world youth boxing championships with comfortable opening wins, here.

Akash, competing in his maiden World Championship, claimed a unanimous 5-0 win over Ireland’s Brandon McCarthy today.

Kattimani (52kg) defeated Ukraine’s Yurii Tomiuk 5-0 last night and will compete against Iran’s Mobin Alaee in the next round. Advancing in the women’s draw was Lalita (69kg), who got a walkover from Thailand’s Baison Manikon.

READ: India assured of two medals in youth boxing

India was assured of two medals after two women pugilists got direct entry into the semifinals, owing to the small size of the draw.

Sakshi Gaidhani (81kg) and Neha Yadav (+81kg) made the last-four stage to put India on the medal table without exchanging a single blow.