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 - Highlights India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Match : IND Win By 73 Runs, NZ Whitewashed 3-0

World Championships quarter-finalist Amit (49kg), a gold-medallist from last month’s India Open, won his last-16 stage bout, getting the better of Mauritian Sharvin Kumar. Also Read - Highlights | India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Match: IND Beat NZ By 7 Wickets, Clinch T20I Series

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

However, it was early ouster for veteran Manoj Kumar (69kg), a former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist. The 31-year-old went down to Morocco’s Abdelkabir Bellassek in his pre-quarterfinal bout, which was also his first of the tournament.

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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