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India Open: Sachin Siwach leads way as all Indian boxers advance

GUWAHATI: Former world youth champion Sachin Siwach outclassed his Argentine rival Ramon Nicanor Quiroga as all seven Indians in fray had a clean sailing on the opening day of the India Open boxing tournament here Monday.

Fresh from a bronze on the GeeBee Boxing tournament, Siwach used his top to full benefit, dominating the bout right from the primary spherical en direction a 5-0 win by means of a unanimous resolution within the 52kg men's category on the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium.

Siwach will next face former world championship bronze medalist Rogen Ladon within the quarterfinal and aiming to avenge his semifinal defeat by means of a split-decision within the President's Cup.

"It was a narrow defeat last time. But now I've now improved my speed and skill and I will look forward to settle scores this time," Siwach stated.

Siwach features within the backside half of the draw that has Commonwealth Games gold medalist Gaurav Solanki, while the top-half within the 52kg draw features Asian Games gold medalist Amit Panghal.

"When it comes to Indians we all know each other's strengths and weaknesses. It's a tough road ahead as flyweight is highly competitive. But as of now my focus is on the next round against the Filipino boxer," the 20-year-old gifted boxer from Haryana stated.

Siwach was the only Indian within the fray within the men's phase, while the women's category saw they all making the next spherical.

Former world championship silver medalist Sonia Lather started her marketing campaign with a 5-0 win over Chandra Kala Thapa to achieve the quarterfinals within the 57kg.

In the women's 60kg, Preeti Beniwal put up a strong show to outclass her Nepalese opponent Sangita Sunar in a unanimous 5-0 victory to make the quarters.

Making her competitive debut within the 60kg, Shahshi Chopra too had a very simple trip defeating Bhutan's Tandin Choden 5-0 by means of unanimous resolution.

Manisha Maun defeated Nesthy Petecio of Phillipines 4-1 within the 57kg category. Jyoti Gulia and Anamakia additionally made the quarterfinals with easy wins over their respective fighters.

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