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Rio Olympics: Indian boxer Manoj Kumar punches his way into pre-quarters

2016 Rio Olympics - Boxing - Preliminary - Men's Light Welter (64kg) Round of 32 Bout 99 - Riocentro - Pavilion 6 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Manoj Kumar (IND) of India celebrates after winning his bout against Evaldas Petrauskas (LTU) of Lithuania. REUTERS/Adrees Latif FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSMIAR
2016 Rio Olympics - Boxing - Preliminary - Men's Light Welter (64kg) Round of 32 Bout 99 - Riocentro - Pavilion 6 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Manoj Kumar (IND) of India celebrates after winning his bout against Evaldas Petrauskas (LTU) of Lithuania. REUTERS/Adrees Latif FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. - RTSMIAR

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Indian boxer Manoj Kumar advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the Men’s Light Welter (64kg) event after knocking down Lithuania’s former lightweight Olympic bronze-medallist Evaldas Petrauskas 2-1 here on Thursday.

The 29-year-old, who hails from Haryana’s Kaithal district, outclassed 24-year-old Evaldas 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 in three rounds of the thrilling preliminary bout.

With the win, Manoj has now set up a clash against Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan for a place in the quarter-finals.

Manoj, who is one of the three Indian boxers who have made it to the Rio Olympics, had qualified for the Games after winning his quarterfinal bout against Tajikistan’s Rakhimov Shakvakatdzhon 3-0 in the AIBA World Olympic qualification event in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Earlier, Vikas Krishnan, the 2014 Asian Games Bronze medallist, also progressed through to the pre-quarters of the men’s middleweight 75kg category after beating USA’s Charles Conwel 3-0.

Meanwhile, the Indian squad’s youngest boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg), a World Championships bronze-medallist, will square off against Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez later today. (ANI)

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