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Nishant Dev Lights Up World Olympic Boxing Qualifier, Shiva Thapa’s Tough Farewell

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India secured its inaugural victory at the 1st World Olympic Boxing Qualifier as Nishant Dev, a bronze medalist at the World Championships, triumphed over Britain’s Lewis Richardson in the men’s 71kg category. Displaying aggression from the outset, Nishant claimed the initial round with a 4-1 score on Tuesday against the 2022 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist. Demonstrating dominance in the second round through his extended reach and impactful right hooks, the 23-year-old Indian boxer secured a decisive 5-0 victory. In the third round, Nishant maintained control, skillfully fending off numerous attacks from his opponent to preserve his lead and ultimately emerged victorious in the round of 64 bout through a split decision.

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Shiva Thapa, a six-time Asian Championships medalist in the 63.5kg category, experienced an early defeat in the first round through RSC against the current World Champion, Ruslan Abdullaev of Uzbekistan. On Wednesday, National champion Sanjeet (92kg) will compete against Aibek Oralbay from Kazakhstan. The ongoing first World Olympic Qualifier is hosting a substantial number of 590 boxers, providing a total of 49 quotas for the 2024 Paris Olympics, with 28 for men and 21 for women.

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Boxers who do not secure quotas at this event will have a final opportunity to secure their spots for Paris at the upcoming Second World Olympic Boxing Qualifier, set to take place in Bangkok from May 23 to June 3. The Bangkok qualifier is expected to determine the qualification of 45 to 51 boxers.

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