Shiva, Devendro enter quarters of Asian Oly Qualifiers
World Championships bronze -medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Comm onwealth silver-winner L Devendro Singh (49kg) on Monday provided the spark to the Indian men’s boxing campaign by advancing to the quarterfinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers here.
Shiva, seeded top in his category, outpunched Korea’s Myeongkwan Lee 3-0 to enter the last-eight stage.
Fourth-seeded Devendro defeated Malaysia’s Mohd Redzuan Muhamad Fuad Bin by a similar margin. However, Gaurav Bidhuri (52kg) lost to Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka. In the last bout of the day, Commonwealth Games silver- medallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) lost to Thailand’s Saylom Ardee.
The victories by Shiva and Devendro lifted the morale of the Indian team, which had suffered setbacks in the past two days of competition including the shock loss of second seed Vikas Krishan (75kg) in the opening round. There were no women’s bouts on Monday as the quarterfinalists were decided last night.