(Eds: Updating with results of evening session bouts) Sofia (Bulgaria), Feb 21 (PTI) The seasoned Vikas Krishan and the fast-rising Amit Panghal advanced to the quarterfinals of the 69th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament for men and women, here today.Also Read - 821 Sportspersons Are Getting Lifelong Pension, Says Sports Minister

Former world and Asian Games medallist Vikas (75kg), who is making a comeback after recovering from a hand injury, defeated Morocco’s Amer Gnifid to make the last-eight stage. Also Read - World Boxing Championships: Akash Kumar Takes on Kazakh Boxer in Semis, Aims for Spot in the Final

It was a thoroughly nuanced performance by the former Asian silver-medallist, who relied on sharp counter-attacks to outwit his rival. Also Read - Kazakhstan Bodybuilder Divorces Sex Doll Margo, Gets a New Wife Called 'Lola'

World Championships quarter-finalist Amit (49kg), a gold-medallist from last month’s India Open, defeated a Mauritian in his last-16 stage bout, getting the better of Sharvin Kumar.

Also advancing to the quarterfinals was Manish Panwar (81kg), who defeated a Moroccan in Mohammed Amin.

However, it was early ouster for veteran Manoj Kumar (69kg), a former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, and world and Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (60kg).

The 31-year-old Manoj went down to Morocco’s Abdelkabir Bellassek in his pre-quarterfinal bout, which was also his first of the tournament.

Later in the evening session, Shiva lost an evenly-contested bout to Kazakhstan’s Adilet Kurmatov. The Indian was the more attacking of the two but went down in a split verdict.

India are assured of four medals so far in the tournament courtesy women boxers — Seema Punia (+81kg), Saweety Boora (75kg), Mena Kumari Devi (54kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg).

While Saweety and Meena won their quarterfinal contests, Seema and Bhagyabati got byes.

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