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Rio Games: Boxer Vikas Krishan punches his way into quarters

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Vikas Krishan, Onder SipalIndia's Vikas Krishan, right, fights Turkey's Onder Sipal during a men's middleweight 75-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Indian boxer Vikas Krishan remained on course to hand the country an elusive Olympic medal as he stormed into the quarter-finals of the men’s middleweight 75 kg event after knocking down Turkey’s Onder Sipal 3-0 here in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. The 24-year-old, who is a 2014 Asian Games Bronze medallist, continued his dominant run as he registered a comfortable 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 win in three rounds of the second preliminary bout.

Krishnan, who hails from Haryana’s Hisar district, had earlier kicked off his boxing campaign with a crushing win against 18-year-old debutant Charles Conwell of USA in the opening preliminary bout. Vikas will now return in action on August 16 when he takes on 20-year-old Melikuziev Bektemir of Uzbekistan.