Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
India ended day five of Rio 2016 Olympics on a good note as boxer Manoj Kumar won his first round bout against 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist (60kg) Evaldas Petrauskas in the men’s light welter weight 64kg category on Wednesday.
In what was fiercely contested bout, Manoj won 2-1 despite an aggressive play from Petrauskas in all three rounds.
With the win, Manoj became the second Indian to advance to the next round of Rio Olympics after Vikas Krishan had made it to the next round in the middle weight category.
In his next bout, Manoj will take on fifth seed Uzbek Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in the pre-quarters scheduled on Sunday. Gaibnazarov is a 2015 World Championship silver medallist and also a silver medallist at the Asian Championships last year.
In the first round, Manoj used his long range to counter Petrauskas’s aggressive style of boxing. The close range tactic didn’t help Petrauskas as the judges ruled round one in Manoj’s favour.
Manoj was once again using the same technique in the second round and hit less but clean punches while Petrauskas once again tried being aggressive but that backfired.
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