Hamburg, August 29: Asian bronze-medallist Amit Phangal in 49kg, Kavinder Bisht in 52kg and Gaurav Bidhuri in 56kg category on Monday stormed into in the quarterfinals of 19th World Boxing Championships which is being held in Hamburg, Germany.
Amit Phangal defeated seventh seed Carlos Quipo of Ecuador in the 49 Kg category of the pre-quarter final match. Earlier, Amit registered a commanding victory over Italy's Federico Serra in a split verdict to make it to the Round-of-16.
On the other side, Gaurav Bidhuri stunned Ukrainian Mykola Butsenko in a pre-quarterfinal bout in the 52 Kg category. Gaurav defeated Sam Goodman, an 18-year-old world youth bronze- medallist and Oceania champion to make it to the Round-of-16.
Meanwhile, Kavinder notched up a remarkable 3-2 victory over Algeria's two-time world medallist Mohamed Flissi to make the last eight stage. Notably, both Kavinder and Gaurav are debutants at the mega-event.
Unfortunately, Shiva Thapa, seeded fifth in the lightweight 60kg category, bowed out without exchanging a single blow, forced to give a walkover after being laid low by food poisoning and high fever. Shiva had won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships in Doha. However, Manoj Kumar of 69kg crashed out from the tournament. Third seed and 2011 World Championships bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan of 75kg was also ousted after a second-round loss.