Devendro storms into quarters

Aug 05, 2012, 07:59 IST | IANS

India's Laishram Devendro Singh marched into the last eight of the men's 49kg boxing event at the London Olympics with another dominating performance that saw him overcome Serdamba Purevdorj of Mongolia 16-11 in the pre-quarterfinals here on Saturday.

Devendro had won his first round bout in an emphatic style with the referee stopping contest. Going into the pre-quarterfinal bout, the Indian had a mountain to climb against Purevdorj, a former World Champion and Beijing Games silver medallist.

L Devendro Singh (right) against Serdamba Purevdorj in the pre-quarters on Saturday. Pic/AFP

The 20-year-old from Manipur showed no signs of nerves as he came out swinging in the first round. The Mongolian was taken aback by the barrage of punches which came his way as the Indian narrowly edged out the first round 4-3. The second round started off in a similar fashion as Devendro went on the attack with the Mongolian having no answer.

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