Vijender Singh enters 2nd round of Olympics

India's top boxer Vijender Singh kept his reputation as a strong medal contender intact by sailing into the middleweight (75kg) pre-quarterfinals in the Olympics with a comfortable win over Kazakhstan's Danabek Sukhanov in London. The 26-year-old, a bronze-medallist in the Beijing Games four years ago, was a trifle cautious in the first round, preferring to gauge his opponent's strategy but opened up subsequently to carve out a comfortable 14-10 verdict late on Saturday night. "I am delighted to make it through to the next round, he was a tough opponent and now its on to the next challenge," said the 26-year-old. "I want to go home with a different coloured medal this time," he added.
The Haryana boxer was tactically superior than his opponent and also put his reach to good use to keep himself on course for a second Olympic medal. Although he was generally defensive in the first round, Vijender did unleash a few of his trademark straight punches to take the honours with a 5-4 margin. Vijender, who also won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Championship, had a decisive edge in the first round. He put up a more dominating show in the second round which he clinched with a 4-3 verdict and consolidated his position in the third and final round to eventually emerge victorious without really being under any serious pressure.

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