Yadav begins with win at Boxing World Championships

Indian beats Maleusz Goinski of Poland in his light heavyweight opener

By Naveen Peter ·

India’s Brijesh Yadav produced an emphatic display of boxing to beat Maleusz Goinski of Poland in his opening contest in the light heavyweight (81 kg) category at the Men's World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg on Tuesday.

In a one-sided affair, Yadav was awarded a unanimous 5-0 verdict in his favour after three rounds.

Front foot

Yadav was quick to assert himself on the front foot early on in the first, with the pair happily trading blows in an explosive opening three minutes.

The tone was set for the remainder of the bout, with Yadav intermittently swapping to a southpaw stance to unsettle his opponent.

As the second round wore on, the Indian became more and more dominant, forcing his opponent to take a standing eight count with a minute left after some punishing blows.

With 30 seconds remaining, the Pole needed treatment for a cut that had opened up on the top of his head.

There was no let-up in the action in the final round, as Yadav marauded over Goinski - happy to drop his guard and let the punches fly.

The sustained pressure forced Goinski to take another count at 2 minutes 20, but the plucky Pole kept going toe to toe with his opponent until the final bell.

There was no doubting the outcome after nine minutes - Yadav victorious by unanimous decision.

How much energy the Indian has sapped after near constant punching remains to be seen - his second round opponent will be Turkey’s Bayram Malkan on September 15.

The contingent

Among the others, India's Amit Panghal (52kg), Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg) and heavyweight boxer Sanjeet have been granted opening-round byes, while in the welterweight (69kg) category Duryodhan Singh Yadav will take on Armenia’s K Astuyan on September 13.

The World Championships have no Olympic quota up for grabs this time with the berths for Tokyo 2020 being confirmed at the continental and the world Olympic Qualifying events next year.