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Satish Kumar sails into Olympics boxing quarter-finals

July 29, 2021 09:30 IST
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India's Satish Kumar in action against Jamaica's Ricardo Brown during the Olympics boxing men's Super Heavyweight last 16 bout

IMAGE: India's Satish Kumar in action against Jamaica's Ricardo Brown during the Olympics boxing men's Super Heavyweight last 16 bout, at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, on Thursday. Photograph: Luis Robayo/Reuters

India’s Satish Kumar eased into the quarter-finals of the Olympics men’s +91kg boxing in his debut Olympic Games, defeating Jamaica's Ricardo Brown in his opening bout, in Tokyo, on Thursday.

 

In a battle of two debutants, Satish scored a comfortable 4-1 victory despite the split verdict.

The 32-year-old two-time Asian Championships bronze-winner was helped by Brown's poor footwork throughout the bout though he did end up sustaining a cut on his forehead.

Next up for Satish is Uzebkistan's Bakhodir Jalolov, the reigning World and Asian champion. Jalolov out-punched Azerbaijan's Mahammad Abdullayev 5-0 in his last-16 bout.

Satish, also a 2018 Commonwealth Games silver-medallist, dominated with his right hand and forced Brown to repeatedly make the mistake of lunging in with very little balance.

Brown, who worked as a chef in Jamaica till 2014, seemed to be looking for that one big punch that could unsettle the Indian but failed miserably because of his inability to move quickly enough.

The Indian, in comparison, was light on his feet and thus sharper in responding to Brown's attacks.

The 31-year-old Brown, the first boxer from his country to qualify for the Games since 1996, was Jamaica's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony.

He is the co-founder of 'Sensi Juice', an organic juice company based in Canada. The juices that are produced by his company are infused with Cannabis.

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