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 Singh

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.

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