Another day, another constructive outing for the Indian pugilists at the Men’s World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
There was no stopping Kavinder Singh Bisht and Sanjeet, although Brijesh Yadav suffered an exit from the tournament.
Fifth-seeded Kavinder started India’s day on a high by registering a hard-fought victory over China’s Chen Zhihao through a split decision (3-2) in the featherweight (57kg) category.
As the bout entered its final round, the coaches in the Indian corner had some crucial counsel for the 26-year-old Indian Air Force man: “Don’t throw 50 punches in two seconds, and nothing in one minute.”
Advised on saving energy, Bisht decided to keep things tight and the approach just about paid off.
He will now square off against Finland's Arslan Khataev in the Round of 16.
Yadav bows out
A buoyant performance by Bisht, however, was followed by massive disappointment as Yadav – contesting in the light heavyweight (81kg) category – bowed out of the tournament on the back of a split 1-4 verdict.
Up against Turkey's Bayram Malkan, a lack of aggression cost him, dear despite a concerted effort in the final round.
His Turkish opponent used his superior reach to full advantage, picking Yadav off to impress the judges.
Progress for Sanjeet
Up against Scotland’s Scott Forrest, Sanjeet ended India’s night on a winning note by registering a hard-fought 4-1 victory by split decision in the heavyweight (91kg) category.
Both Sanjeet and Forrest were happy to trade blows right from the first bell, but it was the Indian who eventually got the better of their exchanges to come out on top.