Vijender Singh and Manpreet Singh recorded convincing wins in the first round of the Asian Olympic boxing qualifying event in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Friday.
World and Olympic bronze medallist Vijender (75kg) defeated Ishak Waez of Syria, while Asian Games silver winner Manpreet (91kg) trounced Yerbolat Tulyek of Mongolia to reach the quarterfinals.
Vijender, who led 5-1 and 9-3 in the first two rounds, posted an 11-5 win over the 2010 Pan-Arab Military Games champion. In the quarterfinals, the 26-year-old Indian will face Mongolian Chuluuntumur Tumurkhuyag, an Asian championship silver medallist.
Vijender needs to reach the semifinals in order to ensure his place in the London Olympics.
An aggressive Manpreet outsmarted Tulyek in no time. The referee stopped the contest after the Mongol national champion served three counts within one minute and 46 seconds.
Twenty-three-year-old Manpreet will now meet Kyrgyz boxer Chingis Borbashev, a bronze medallist in the China Open, in the last eight.
M. Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) had won their opening round contests on Thursday.
On Saturday, Suranjoy will take on old rival Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia in the second round, while Shiva Thapa (56kg) will start his campaign against Mohammad Khaiber Nooristani of Afghanistan.
Keywords: Boxing Qualifiers