Boxing World Championships: Nishant, Sanjeet enter quarterfinals

Nishant defeated Mexico’s Marco Alvarez Verde 3-2; Sanjeet got the better of Georgia’s Giorgi Tchigladze 4-1

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 in Belgrade.

Nishant defeated Mexico’s Marco Alvarez Verde 3-2 in a late night bout on October 31 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.

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.

The gold winners at the showpiece will walk away with a prize money of $100,000.

The silver medallists are to be given $50,000, and both bronze-medallists will be awarded $25,000 each. The total prize purse stands at a whopping $2.6 million.

India are being represented by its reigning national champions across weight categories.

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