Correa stuns Vijender in World Championships opener
Cuba's Correa stuns Olympic bronze medallist Vijender in Rd 1 of World Championships; Jai Bhagwan advances
India suffered a major upset at the World Boxing Championships here, Saturday as Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh (75 kg) lost his opening round bout to Cuba's Emilio Correa. Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) advanced to the second round of the the mega event. Eight Indian boxers have now crossed the first hurdle at the championships.
Vijender, the World No 8 and seeded seventh at the championship, was up against a tough opponent in Olympic silver-medallist Correa. The Cuban had a psychological advantage going into the match as he had defeated Vijender in the semi-finals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic.
Correa started strongly here as well, taking a three-point lead in the very first round (1:4). Vijender rallied strongly in the second but Correa was unrelenting, coming from deficit to win it (9:5). In the end, Vijender lost 9:16 on points.
Meanwhile, Japan's Ryota Murata stunned reigning champion Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan at the world boxing championships with a shock 16-1 win in the first round of the middleweight competition. Round two of the championship will begin today when four Indian boxers -- Suranjoy Singh, Dinesh Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Vikas Krishnan -- will stake a claim to make it to the round of 16.