New Delhi, May 28 (UNI) In a stunning display, India's Vijender Singh shocked the reigning Olympic champion Bakhtiyar Artayev of Kazakhstan to move in to the semifinal of the inaugural AIBA President's Cup in Sinjhuang City, Chinese Taipei.
The Doha Asiad bronze medalist led throughout the four rounds defeating Artayev 12-7 in the quarterfinals yesterday.
The Kazakh failed to match Vijender's lightening fast straight punches and jabs as the Arjun awardee avenged his defeat that Artayev had handed him in the 2006 Doha Asiad semifinals.
The morale of the Indian middleweight pugilist's would be high after this win as a couple of years ago, he also defeated Olympic Welterweight bronze medalist Kim Jung Joo of Korea in an exhibition match in New Delhi.
With the victory over the Kazakh, Vijender, who will represent India in Beijing Olympics, has assured himself a medal.
The Haryana-boxer will now take on Thai Angkhan Chomphuphuang in the last four stage on May 30.
However, the other Indians in the fray had a disappointing day as A L Lakra lost to Dmytro Bulenkov of Ukraine in the opening round of the 57 kg category while Jitender went down to Yunusov Anvar of Tajikistan in 51 kg.
Meanwhile, Dinesh Kumar (81kg) will face the reigning world champion Abbos Atoeve of Uzbekistan today.
A total of 126 boxers from 26 countries are competing across the 11 weight categories in the AIBA President's Cup which is being contested by Olympic qualified boxers. The semifinals and finals will be held on May 30 and 31 respectively.
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