Asian silver medalist Deepak Kumar (52kg) advanced to the quarter-finals with an easy 5-0 victory over Kazakhstani Olzhas Bainiyazov as Indian boxers got off to a mixed start at the 72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The other winners on Monday were Naveen Kumar (91 kg) and Jyoti (51 kg) in the women’s draw.
As Naveen edged American Darius Fulghum 3-2 in his favor, Jyoti took over Ukraine’s Tetiana Kob 4-1.
However, Shashi Chopra (60 kg), Lalita (69 kg) and Sakshi (57 kg) lost their first fights.
On the men’s side, Naveen Boora (69 kg) and Ankit Khatana (75 kg) slipped out for the pre-quarter-finals.
The results: Men: 52kg: Deepak Kumar bt Olzhas Bainiyazov (Kaz) 5-0; 91 kg: Naveen Kumar bt Darius Fulghum (USA) 3-2.
Women: 51kg: Jyoti bt Tetiana Kob (Uzb); 57 kg: Andrea Medina (United States) by Sakshi.
60 kg: Beatriz Ferreira (bra) bt Shashi Chopra 5-0; 69 kg: Navabakhor Khamidova (Uzb) bt Lalita 5-0.
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