Sachin Siwach strikes the first blow at the 2nd Boxing World Qualifiers

Sachin Siwach

Sachin Siwach, the reigning National Champion and 2024 Strandja Memorial gold medallist, has made a triumphant start at the 2nd Boxing World Qualifiers in Bangkok. On May 24, he secured a decisive victory against New Zealand’s Alex Mukuka in the opening round of the men’s 57kg weight category.

Sachin Siwach’s gives hopes for Paris Quota

From the outset, Siwach asserted his intentions with a series of left-right combinations, seizing control of the bout in the first round. Despite hopes for a comeback from Mukuka in the second round, Siwach continued his relentless attacks. Having comfortably secured the first two rounds, Siwach ensured there was no opportunity for his opponent to mount a fightback, effectively wrapping up the proceedings.

This victory was not just a personal achievement for Siwach, but it also gave the 10-member Indian contingent a positive start. Siwach’s aggressive performance and strategic approach were key to his victory. He maintained pressure on his opponent throughout the bout, which played a significant role in securing his win. His ability to dominate the bout from the start and keep up the pressure ensured a unanimous decision in his favour.

Looking ahead, Siwach will need to make it to the top three in his weight class to secure a Paris 2024 Olympics quota for India. However, the final decision on athletes’ participation at the Paris Games depends on their respective National Olympic Committees selecting them to represent their delegation at Paris 2024.

In the upcoming bouts, senior nationals bronze medallist Abhimanyu Loura will face Bulgaria’s Kristiyan Nikolov in the opening round of the 80kg category. Notably, Commonwealth Games champion Amit Panghal (51kg) and Asian Games bronze medallist Narendra Berwal (+92kg) have been handed first-round byes in their respective weight categories.

India’s performance in the previous world qualifiers in March was disappointing, with only Nishant Dev, a bronze medallist at the 2023 World Championships, progressing beyond the opening round. However, with Siwach’s decisive victory, there is renewed hope for a strong performance from the Indian contingent in the 2nd Boxing World Qualifiers.

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