India's [ Images ] top boxer Vikas Krishnan moved into the quarterfinals of the men's welter weight (69 kg) category of the Olympic Games [ Images ] by prevailing over Errol Spence of USA at the Excel Arena late on Friday night.
The 20-year-old Krishan kept himself in medal reckoning by scripting a hard-fought 13-11 victory over Spence in a thrilling pre-quarter finals contest.
With a vociferous crowd spurring him on, the third-seeded Vikas took early control of the bout with a fine blend of aggression and defence to win the first round 4-2.
But his American opponent bounced back brilliantly to clinch the second round 6-5, capitalising on some lapses by the Indian who suddenly seemed to go on the backfoot.
In the crucial third round, Vikas was a little more aggressive and eventually tilted the balance in his favour by pocketing the third round 4-3.
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