India’s seasoned campaigner Vikas Krishan (69kg) fought with great resolve to edge out second seed Ablaikhan Zhussupov of Kazakhstan to claim a split decision victory at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers on Tuesday. Courtesy the win, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist – Krishan sealed a berth in the final of Boxing Qualifiers in Amman. The 28-year-old Indian fought with a cut sustained just below his left eyebrow before claiming a split decision victory a two-time world bronze-medallist. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Mary Kom Participate in Lights Off Challenge as Sporting Fraternity Unite in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic by Lighting Candles, Lamps
Krishan will face feisty Jordanian Eishaih Hussein, who sent Asian gold-medallist and top seed Bobo-Usmon Baturov packing in a split decision. A former world bronze-winner was the busier of the two boxers despite the injury he picked up in the second round and his right jabs were particularly effective through the bout. Also Read - Boxing Federation Starts Online Coaching For Olympic-Bound Boxers Amid Lockdown
Meanwhile, in the women’s category – Simranjit Kaur also advanced to the final in the 60kg category with an impressive victory. Kaur upstaged third seed Shih-Yi Wu of Taiwan in a terrific come-from-behind win. The Indian trailed in the opening round, roared back in the second with her precisely-placed combination punches before fending off a strong attack from Wu in the final three minutes. Also Read - MC Mary Kom to Bajrang Punia: India's Olympic-Bound Athletes Welcome Tokyo 2020 Postponement
She will take on Korea’s Oh Yeonji in the final on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, in a major disappointment for India, six-time world champion Mary Kom lost to China’s Chang Yuan, a former Youth Olympics champion, in a split 1-4 verdict.
All the five boxers have already secured their tickets to the Olympic Games by making the semifinals but Krishan and Kaur will come back with at least silver medals after entering the finals.
In another good result, first-timer Sachin Kumar (81kg) remained in the hunt for an Olympic berth by defeating Manh Cuong Nguyen of Vietnam 4-1 in the first box-off. He will have to get the better of Shabbos Negmatulloev of Tajikistan in the last box-off on Wednesday to book a ticket to Tokyo as only the top five qualify in his weight category.
Eight Indian boxers – Ashish Kumar (75kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg), Pooja Rani (75kg) aside from the four losing semifinalists – have qualified for the Tokyo Games at the ongoing event so far.