Akash Kumar, Narender Berwal in quarterfinals

Akash Kumar, Narender Berwal in quarterfinals

Akash Kumar (right) entered the World Championships quarterfinals after beating Puerto Rico’s Caleb Tirado.

Belgrade, October 31

Indian boxers Akash Kumar (54kg) and Narender Berwal (+92kg) advanced to the quarterfinals of the AIBA Men’s World Championships here today, notching up contrasting but exhilarating victories against their respective opponents. While Akash staved off a stiff challenge from Puerto Rico’s Caleb Tirado to clinch it 5-0, Narender pummelled a heavily distracted and mostly sluggish Jakhon Qurbonov of Tajikistan, stopping him in the second round itself.

Akash was up against a sprightly Tirado and he did trouble the Indian with his close-range game. However, Akash stuck to hitting straight and clean, a tactic which found favour with the judges.

Narender pounded Qurbonov with terrific body shots that left the Tajik desperate for a breather in the opening three minutes itself. Qurbonov was scurrying for cover for most of the bout and the referee put an end to his misery about a minute into the second round following a standing eight count. — PTI

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