Shiva, Vikas reach quarters in World C’ships
Shiva Thapa came from behind to notch up a stunning knockout victory, while Vikas Krishan out-witted his more fancied rival in an exhausting triumph to enter the quarterfinals on an all-win day for Indian boxers at the World Championships here on Thursday.
Asian silver-medallist Vikas (75kg) got the better of European silver winner and fourth seeded Pole Tomasz Jablonski 2-1. Shiva (56kg), on the other hand, rallied to defeat the African champion Mohamed Hamout of Morocco to make the last-eight stage.
The 21-year-old Shiva will next be up against Qatar’s Hakan Erseker, who beat Vanuatu’s Boe Warawara 2-1. The 23-year-old Vikas, meanwhile, will face Egypt’s Hosam Abdin.
“Shiva was exceptionally good with his hooks and that eventually won him the bout. Even his combination punches on counter-attack were very accurate. It’s a very rare knockout win for an Indian boxer, I can’t recall any in my memory,” national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu told PTI. “Vikas boxed superbly. The Polish guy was a tempo boxer but Vikas applied his mind well. He used uppercuts to the chin and occasional right hooks with precision,” added Sandhu analysing the overall performance.