Boxing World C'ships: Nishant enters 2nd round; Govind in last 16
However, in the first heartbreak for India, another debutant Lakshya Chahar 86kg lost to Koreas Kim Hyeongkyu, a former Asian Games silver-medallist, after the bout had to be stopped in the second round.The action came to an unexpectedly early end when the Indian sustained a forehead cut that opened up despite medical attention.
Nishant Dev (71kg) sailed into the second round while Govind Sahani (48kg) made the pre-quarters with a superb come-from-behind effort in his opening bout as Indian boxers continued to impress in the AIBA Men's Boxing World Championships here on Wednesday.
Alakhverdovi got an opening round bye. The Indian debutant put up a brilliant performance, refusing to be bogged down after losing the opening round unanimously.
He simply drained his opponent with relentless punching in the next two rounds, winning what became a battle of attrition. However, in the first heartbreak for India, another debutant Lakshya Chahar (86kg) lost to Korea's Kim Hyeongkyu, a former Asian Games silver-medallist, after the bout had to be stopped in the second round.
The action came to an unexpectedly early end when the Indian sustained a forehead cut that opened up despite medical attention. The injury was caused by head butt during an exchange of punches from close range.
Chahar won the opening round 4-1 but the judges ruled in favour of the Korean after the bout was stopped.
Earlier, Dev's win was a perfect start to the day for the country after Sumit (75kg) and Narender Berwal (+92kg) advanced to the second round of their respective categories with fine victories late Tuesday night.
With more than 600 boxers from over 100 countries in the fray, a lot of competitors will have to win at least three bouts in some categories to get to the quarterfinal stage.
The gold winners at the showpiece will walk away with a prize money of USD 100,000.
The silver medallists are to be given USD 50,000, and both bronze-medallists will be awarded USD 25,000 each. The total prize purse stands at a whopping USD 2.6 million.
India are being represented by its reigning national champions across weight categories.
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