Vikas Krishan Yadav gave India’s boxing campaign a rousing start at the Rio Olympics with a dominant victory over Charles Conwell of the US at the Riocentrio Pavilion here. (Rio Olympics 2016, Full Coverage)
The Indian outpunched the 18-year-old American by a unanimous decision in the Round of 32 bout with all three judges ruling 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 in favour of the Haryana boxer sending him to the pre-quarterfinals.
Vikas dominated the opening round with powerful shots to the body and a couple to the face as well. The American kept his head low and absorbed the Indian’s punches as most of Vikas’ attempted punches to the face landed on top of his head.
The American did land a few body punches of his own but he was totally outgunned by the pugilist from Haryana.
India beat Argentina 2-1 in a men’s hockey pool match at Rio Olympics here on Tuesday.
Chinglensana (8th minute) and Kothajit Khadangbam (35th) were the scorers for India. Gonzalo Peillat (49th) reduced the margin for Argentina at Olympic Hockey Stadium.
It is India’s second win in three Pool B matches, after beating Ireland 3-2 and getting beaten by Germany 1-2.