Commonwealth Games 2014: Vijender Singh, L Devendro Singh Enter Quarters, Shiva Thapa Ousted

Updated: 28 July 2014 23:11 IST

Vijender Singh (75kg) outpunched Namibia's Mujandjae Kasuto 3-0 in a lopsided contest to make the last-eight stage. Devendro (49kg) advanced to the quarterfinals with a hard-fought win but reigning Asian champion Shiva Thapa (56kg) made a shocking early exit.

Commonwealth Games 2014: Vijender Singh, L Devendro Singh Enter Quarters, Shiva Thapa Ousted
Vijender Singh is one of India's best medal prospects. © AP

Glasgow:

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh (75kg) continued his sublime form to enter the quarterfinals along with gritty youngster L Devendro Singh (49kg) in the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Monday. (Medals Tally | Day 5 Blog)

Vijender, a former Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist, outpunched Namibia's Mujandjae Kasuto 3-0 in a lopsided contest to make the last-eight stage.

The 28-year-old, who settled for a bronze in the previous edition of the Games, will now face Trinidad and Tobago's Aaron Prince.

Such was the former world number one's domination that he managed a perfect 10 score from every judge in each of the three rounds. (Also read: Jitu Rai Shoots Gold)

Earlier, Devendro (49kg) advanced to the quarterfinals with a hard-fought win but reigning Asian champion Shiva Thapa (56kg) made a shocking early exit.

Asian Championships silver-medallist Devendro made the quarterfinals after notching up a tough 2-1 victory over Sri Lanka's Madushan Gamage.

The Indian started off confidently, getting a perfect 10 score from all three judges in the opening three minutes. However, in the next round, Devendro, who looks to drain his opponents with a flurry of punches, was left surprised when Gamage came back strongly to clinch it 29-28. (Narang Settles for Silver)

However, the Indian youngster muzzled the challenge in the deciding three minutes, snatching it 30-28 to be just one more win away from assuring himself of a medal in his debut Commonwealth Games.

The 22-year-old Manipuri will face Scotland's Aqeel Ahmed in the last-eight stage on July 30.

On a disappointing note, Shiva Thapa (56kg) went down to Olympic bronze-medallist Michael Conlan of Northern Ireland. The Assam boxer found the going tough against the crowd favourite despite the fact that Conlan had endured a cut on his head during his opening bout. (Related: Prince William, Kate Add Royal Flair to Commonwealth Games)

Conlan dominated the opening round clinching it 30-28. The second and third rounds were a tad closer but the Irishman held his own to outwit Shiva.

To add to his woes, Shiva also ended up getting warned for clinching and bending too much. (Read: Commonwealth Games Lifter Faces Sex Assault Charge)

Topics : Vijender Singh Beniwal Boxing Commonwealth Games 2014
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