Ulaanbaatar Cup: Mary Kom, Devendro enter quarterfinals

India registered four wins in the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament on the opening day on Wednesday.

Mary Kom will take on either Anna Aedma or Chol Mi Bang on Thursday.   -  M. Moorthy

India registered four wins in the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament on the opening day in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Wednesday. M. C. Mary Kom (51kg) got a bye to enter the quarterfinals.

Mary Kom, returning to competitive action after a one-year hiatus, will take on the winner of the bout between Russia’s Anna Aedma and Korea’s Chol Mi Bang on Thursday. Strandja Memorial silver medallist Mohamed Hussamuddin (56kg) and King’s Cup bronze medallist Rohit Tokas (64kg) were among the winners in the men’s draw.

Hussamuddin defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Almanbet Alibekov to enter the quarterfinals. He will face China’s Ma Xin Ming on Thursday.

Rohit defeated Russia’s Dorjo Dakhaev to enter the quarterfinals. He will now face Chinzorig Baatarsukh of Mongolia. However, Jaideep (75kg) bowed out after losing his opening bout to China’s Zhan Chao Feng.

First-round byes

Commonwealth Games and Asian Championships silver medallist L. Devendro Singh (52kg), King’s Cup gold medallist K. Shyam Kumar (49kg) and Asian youth silver medallist Ankush Dahiya (64kg) advanced to the quarters after getting first-round byes. Devendro will face Russia’s Yusupov Dimitrii, while Shyam Kumar will be up against face Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu of Mongolia in the last eight.

Ankush will also be squaring off against a Mongolian in Dulgunn. Duryodhan Singh (69kg) has also made the quarterfinals straightaway because of the small size of the draw. He will take on Mongolia’s Byamba-Erdene Otgonbaatar.

In the evening sessions, Priyanka Chaudhary (60kg) defeated Mongolia’s Bolortuul Tumurkhuyag, while Kalawanti (75kg) edged past China’s Huo Run Hui, in their opening bouts. Both the boxers won on split decisions of 3-2.