Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) gave India a perfect start at the Asian Boxing Championships in Amman by thrashing local favourite Ibrahim Saleh in the opening round.

The 26-year-old Indian will next meet Lac Mohamed Dilshan of Sri Lanka on Wednesday in his pre-quarterfinal bout.

In the first round, Manoj surprised the short but strong local lad with his aggressive intent and pace.

Making full use of his height, the Indian dominated the proceedings through the bout, never allowing Saleh to play his natural game.

By the end of the final round, Manoj had the clear advantage with fatigue setting in on the Jordanian boxer.

Manoj entered the round of 16 with victory by virtue of a unanimous decision.

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