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Confident Boxers head for YOG

Familiar foes whom they thrashed just three months ago during the World Championship await Shiva Thapa (54kg) and Vikas Krishan (60kg) when they land in Singapore on Thursday to lead India's boxing challenge at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) starting August 14.

The 18-year-old Vikas, a reigning youth World champion, heads to Singapore with the added confidence of becoming a senior National champion and being selected for the core group of boxers for the Commonwealth Games.

The 17-year-old Shiva, on the other hand, was a silver medallist at the World youth championships after a hand injury cost him the finals against Cuba's Robeisy Eloy Ramirez Carrazana.

The two were the only Indian boxers to make the cut for the Youth Olympics, the pre-requisite for which was a medal at the World Championships.

The duo would land in Singapore a good 10 days before the boxing competition starts and are elated to get the preparation time.

“It's good to land there early because we can acclimatise ourselves to the weather and also get enough time to train and be pumped up for the bouts,” Shiva said.

Apart from Carrazana, Shiva's draw comprises Zack Davies (Britain), David Michelus (Poland), Alexandru Marin (Romania) and Stan Nicette (Seychelles).

“To be in the country where we are supposed to compete so early is obviously a good thing because it gives us the time to settle down,” added Haryana-boxer Vikas.

Vikas' draw features Hryar Matevosyan (Armenia), Brett Mather (Australia), Thomas Vahrenholt (Germany), Evaldas Petraukas (Lithuania) and Daniel Echeverria (Mexico).— PTI



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