This is something India has never witnessed before. First Akhil, then Jitender and now Vijender Kumar have made India proud by winning their pre-quarter final boxing matches. Vijender stormed into the quarterfinals of 75kg middleweight event of the Beijing Olympics after defeating Angkhan Chomphuphuang of Thailand 13-6.
Vijender attacked from the word ‘go’ and dominated the middleweight bout. His sharp reflexes and height did not allow the Thai pugilist to overpower him in any of the four rounds. The Indian unleashed mostly upper cuts and jabs and the Thai had no clue as to what was going.
In the first round, he led 2-0. In the second round, however, Angkhan opened his account and managed to grab a point but Vijender had four punches on target and led 6-1. In the third round he did not allow his opponent any point and extended his lead to 10-1. The Thai boxer made some recovery in the fourth round and earned 2 points but it came too late and Vijender had three accurate punches in comparison to Angkhan’s two punches, taking his total to 13-6. Vijender will clash with Carlos Gongora of Ecuador in the quarters.
India seems to have found the right Olympic sport to work on. We are sure after these success stories not only many boxers will come forward but sports authorities will also put special effort to reward and motivate the boxers so that we continue the same and better show in the present and coming Olympic games. Good job boys, we are proud of you. Best of luck for the quarter final matches. Just one more bout and you will earn the glorious moment of your life, the glorious moment of Indian Boxing History! Chak de Vijender, Akhil and Jitender. Woh ek marre, tum dus mar kar aana!