Indian boxer Kavinder Singh Bisht defeated reigning world champion Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan in the quarter-final bout of the ongoing Asian championship in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 23-year old pugilist from Pithoragarh, Uttrakhand defeated the Kazakh boxing star in the bantamweight category and is now assured of a medal. This will be his maiden Asian Championship medal.
Kavinder showed tremendous heart while fighting the Kazakh, while in the first round, Singh was getting tagged by Kairat, the Indian fought back hard in the second and third round of the fight. Kairat like many others who come from Kazakh boxing school which is famous for their offensive boxing threw relentless punches, but Singh managed to avoid most of them via his shell guard.
Even though Kairat was the faster boxer of the two, Singh managed to beat the Kazakh’s speed with his timing and movement.
This is a big moment for Singh as a victory over Kairat Yeraliyev will give him extreme confidence as the pugilist from the central Asian region holds wins over Olympic Champion Robeisy Ramírez and rising American boxing star Duke Ragan.
Kavinder Singh Bhist had previously won a medal at the GeeBee boxing tournament in Helsinki, Finland.