Indian boxers Nishant Dev (71kg) and Sanjeet (92kg) made the quarterfinals of the AIBA Men’s World Championships following impressive victories in their last-16 stage bouts here.
Nishant defeated Mexico’s Marco Alvarez Verde 3-2 in a late-night bout on Sunday to set up a clash with Russia’s Vadim Musaev.
Sanjeet, a quarterfinalist from the previous edition, got the better of Georgia’s Giorgi Tchigladze 4-1 to enter the last eight stage for a second successive time.
He will face Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine.
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Later tonight, Rohit Mor (57kg), Akash Sangwan (67kg), Sumit (75kg) and five-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) will look to secure quarterfinal berths.
Rohit will face Kazakhstan’s Serik Temirzhanov, while Akash will fight Cuba’s Kevin Brown. Sumit will also be up against a Cuban in Yoenlis Hernandez.
Thapa will be fighting France’s Lounes Hamraoui.
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The gold winners at the showpiece will walk away with a prize money of USD 100,000.
The silver medallists are to be given USD 50,000, and both bronze-medallists will be awarded USD 25,000 each. The total prize purse stands at a whopping USD 2.6 million.
India is being represented by its reigning national champions across weight categories.