Deepak Bhoria, who weighs 51kg, surprised defending champion and Olympic bronze medallist Saken Bibosinov, while Mohammad Hussamuddin, weighing 57kg, defeated fourth-seeded Eduard Savvin in the World Boxing Championships in Tashkent on Sunday.
Deepak shared that his strategy was to play patiently and accumulate points. He remained focused and waited for the right opportunity to attack despite facing tough rounds in the beginning. He was thrilled with his victory.
Deepak stated after the match,
“My target was to play with patience since the start of the bout and gather as many points as I can. The first two rounds were tough but I was focused on not losing my patience and waiting for the right moment to attack,”
“Coaches had told me to lure my opponent with the right punch before using my left hook to good effect. It worked as I connect a lot of left hooks to get points. Every bout is important for me and I play every match like it’s a final match for me,”
Sumit Kundu (75kg) and Narender Berwal (+92kg) both lost their respective matches.
Deepak Bhoria caused an upset in the round-of-32 by defeating Saken Bibosinov 5-2 after a review of the bout. The match was closely contested, and despite Bibosinov’s accurate punches from long range, Bhoria managed to win the bout. In 2021, Bhoria had previously defeated former World and Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov.
Bhoria lost the first two rounds to the Kazakh but put a brilliant efforts in the final period. He engaged in a quick exchange of punches and landed some beautiful straight punches and hooks. As a result, he received a favorable verdict.
Bhoria has advanced to the pre-quarterfinals and is set to face Zhang Jiamao of China. Meanwhile, Hussamuddin won his last-16 match against Russian Savvin with a 5-0 victory. He will now face fifth-seeded European bronze medallist Javier Ibanez Diaz of Bulgaria in the quarterfinals. Against Savvin, Hussamuddin expertly executed brilliant shots while moving in and out. He secured a 4-1 victory in the first round and followed it up with a 4-0 win in the second round, thanks to a great selection of punches.