India's boxers kept up their perfect record at the 2019 World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg, with Duryodhan Singh Negi winning his opening bout against Armenia’s Koryun Astoyan on Friday.
Negi’s defensive approach paid dividends as he won by a 4-1 split majority against the Armenian in the 69kg category.
There was an interesting contrast of styles on display from the first bell.
Negi keeping a high guard and looking to unleash an overhead right whenever possible.
Astoyan on the other hand, was boxing in a southpaw stance with a low guard, trying to use his footwork to keep out of trouble.
However, after a couple of solid shots at the end of the first, Negi really looked to have him in trouble with a minute left in the second.
Negi walked his man into the corner and throw a left hook that had the Armenian clinging on.
To his credit, Astoyan recovered and had some success of his own, with a couple of uppercuts finding their range.
In truth, the final round was a scrappy one, with both boxers involved in a lot of holding.
Negi though landed the cleaner shots that would have helped him be declared winner with a 4-1 majority decision from the judges.
Negi will now face sixth seed Zeyad Eashash of Jordan in the next round on Monday, 16 September.
The 2018 Asian Games gold medallist, Amit Panghal will feature in his first appearance of the 2019 World Boxing Championships on Saturday, 14 September after being handed a bye in the round of 64. India’s Ashish Kumar will also be in action on Saturday, with Kavinder Singh Bisht and Sanjeet playing their bouts a couple of days later.