NEW DELHI: India's Rohit Mor defeated Olympian Jean Caicedo 5-0 in the 57kg opening round match to give India a winning start at the 2021 AIBA Men's World Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Monday. According to information received here, both the boxers made cautious starts in their opening match of the prestigious championships. However, following a close first round, the 20-year-old Indian saw making good use of his height and hitting some timely heavy blows to score crucial points in the next round. Rohit did not let the momentum slip away and managed a comprehensive victory against the Ecuadorian pugilist, who participated at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Later on Monday night, the 21-year-old Akash will start his campaign against Adem Fukran in the 67kg category.
On the second day of the competition on Tuesday, four Indians will play their opening-round matches. While bronze medal winner of 2015's edition, Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) will take on Kenya's Victor Nyadera, Narender (+92kg) will fight against Poland's Oskar Safaryan. Sumit (75kg) will play against Damon O'Neill of Jamaica.
On the other hand, Deepak Bhoria (51kg) will have a comparatively difficult challenge in his opening round match as he will start off against two-time Asian champion Azat Usenaliev of Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday. In-form Deepak, who claimed the senior national title last month, had caught many eyeballs earlier this year after defeating Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan at Strandja Memorial Tournament. IANS