The five-time medallist got the better of his opponent via a split decision in the Round of 16.

Five time Asian Championships medalists Shiva Thapa, Sachin and Amit Kumar all progressed to the quarter-finals of the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan on Friday.

Thapa (63.5kg) was up against Mongolia’s Byambatsogt Tuguldur in the pre-quarterfinal bout. Both the boxers went toe-to-toe since the beginning with their aggressive approach and landed some heavy blows on each other making it a very close contest.

In the end, it was the distinguished Indian boxer’s experience and quick movement that helped him prevail over the opponent and Shiva Thapa secured a 3:2 victory by split decision in this fiercely contested bout.

Kumar (67kg) faced Chinese Taipei’s Zheng-Rong Huang and the Indian was dominant throughout the game, showcasing high technical ability and tremendous confidence as he cruised through to the next round with a unanimous verdict.

Plenty of chances but no finished product

Sachin (71kg) went down in the first round against Thailand’s Peerapat Yeasungnoen but produced a stunning comeback in the next two rounds to secure a 5:0 win in a nail-biting finish.

Thapa will take on the winner of the bout between Haidara Alasaly and Minsu Choi in the quarter-finals. Kumar will square off against Muydinkhujaev Asadkhuja of Uzbekistan while Sachin will face Kazakhstan’s Aslanbek Shybergenov in the next round.

Later tonight, Ananta Chopade (54kg) and Etash Khan (60kg) will be in action against Japan’s Tanaka Shogo and Thailand’s Khunatip Pudnich respectively in their pre-quarterfinals bout.

Seven Indian women pugilists including Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina will be kicking off their campaign from the quarter-final stage on Saturday.

Lovlina, who has changed her weight category from 69kg will be playing her first international tournament in the 75kg weight category as she takes to the ring against the 2016 World Champion, Valentina Khalzova of Kazakhstan.

The six other boxers who will be in action are Minakshi (52kg), Sakshi (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Parveen (63kg), Ankushita (66kg) and Pooja (70kg).

The competition is witnessing the participation of 267 boxers from 27 top boxing nations.

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