Beijing Olympics bronze-medallist Vijender faces American Olympic qualification tournament gold-medallist Terrell Gausha, who comprehensively beat 2009 World Championship silver medallist Andranik Hakobyan of Armenia in the first round here.
India’s chief coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu is confident though that the country’s poster boy of boxing — 26-year-old Vijender — will go through to the last eight. “The American is a technically sound boxer, but Vijender is in a good rhythm and full of confidence right now and we are positive of a good result,” Sandhu said yesterday.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jai Bhagwan, meanwhile, takes on Kazakhstan’s Gani Zhailauov, with whom he shares a 1-1 head-to-head. While Jai beat Gani at the 2009 Asian Championships, the Indian has also lost to the American by just one point in the in the quarter-finals of the World Championships last year.