Chennai: Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar has assured India of its first men’s world championship boxing medal.
The middleweight beat Sergiy Derevyanchenko of Ukraine 12:4 on points in Milan in the 75-kg category quarter-finals on Wednesday to guarantee at least a bronze.
“It is indeed exhilarating to have had the honour of breaking two barriers consecutively for India in boxing,” Vijender said in a statement issued on Thursday.
The 23-year-old Vijender won India their first Olympic boxing medal in Beijing last year with a bronze performance and was awarded his country’s highest sporting prize for that achievement. The top seed will next meet Uzbek Abbos Atoev in the semi-finals on Friday.