India's Poonam, Vinka make it to quarterfinals in Youth World Championships

India’s good performance continued on the second day of the Youth World championships in Poland, as two women boxers advanced to the quarterfinals.

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India’s good performance continued on the second day of the Youth World championships in Kielce, Poland, as two boxers from the women’s contingent advanced to the quarterfinals.

Poonam (57kg) and Vinka (60kg) won their bouts comprehensively to make the last-eight stage on Wednesday. While Poonam defeated Hungary’s Beata Varga, Vinka sailed past Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Tara Bohatjuk . Both the bouts were stopped by the referee before the three rounds could be completed.

FIRST ROUND REPORT

In the men’s draw, Asian youth silver-medallist Ankit Narwal (64kg) advanced to the second round after a comprehensive 5-0 win over Slovakia’s Miroslav Herceg. Next up for him is Uzbekistan’s Akhmadjon Akhmedov, who got a bye in the opening round.

In the 91kg category, Vishal Gupta notched up a comfortable unanimous victory over Bulgaria’s Georgi Stoev to enter the round of 16. He will square off against Croatia’s Borna Loncaric.

Also entering the pre-quarters was Vikas (52kg) after getting the better of Bulgaria’s Yasen Radev. His was also a 5-0 win.

India has fielded a 20-member team - 10 men and as many women - in the competition, which features 414 boxers from 52 countries.