Jitender storms in to pre-quarters in Beijing

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{image-Jitendar kumar_12082008.jpg www.oneindia.com}Beijing, Aug 12: Fighting to a plan, Jitender Kumar boxed out his Turkish rival Furkan Ulas Memis to move into the second round of the 51 kg (Fly) category of the Olympic Boxing competition here today.

The 20-year-old Haryana boxer dominated the ring and forced his rival to retire after the third round when the score read 12-3 in favour of the Indian. Jitender played close and long range and did not allow his rival any quarter. The Turk could not dort out Indian's tactic and he tried to engage Jitender in the medium range confrontation which later avoided successfully.

The 17-year-old south paw Turk tried to guard himself in the first round but the boxer from Bhawani with straight right hits and left hooks rattled Memis.

Jitender used his footwork superbly as he moved very fast and landed punches accurately to garner points and was up 5-0 at the end of the first round.

There was no let up in Jitender's fury but Memis managed to counter in the second round. The Indian boxed tactically as he did not slug with his rival much and with some clever hooks and powerful punches, he added four more points to his kitty but because he opened up in this round he also conceded two points when Memis, with left hooks, hit him right on the spot.

After the second round, Indian led 9-2 and in the third, Jitender went all out on the offensive and Memis found it hard to ward off his punches and ran all over to escape the punishment with score reading 12-3. Finally, the Turkish coach decided that it was better to ask his boxer to retire than see him getting bettered.

''Jitender sorted out his rival early,'' said coach GS Sandhu after the bout.

Talking to UNI Sandhu said, ''The Turk, who is a good boxer was, however, totally out of place against Jitender, actually the rivals could not comprehend our strategy. They still are under the impression that Indians fight while standing and do not move their feet.'' ''I think he (Memis) was surprised seeing an agile and fast Indian boxer who was using his footwork effectively. He was given a wrong impression that he could use his left hooks on standing and static rival and that proved his undoing,'' Sandhu added.

UNI

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