In battle of Olympians, Vikas Krishan prevails over Vincenzo Mangiacapre at Boxam

Vincenzo Mangiacapre is a bronze medallist from the London 2012 Games. Amit Panghal, meanwhile, lost his quarter-final bout at the Boxam meet.

By Ubaid Parkar

Indian boxer Vikas Krishan advanced to the semi-finals of the Boxam tournament in Castellon, Spain on Thursday after he beat fellow two-time Olympian Vincenzo Mangiacapre in the 69kg fight on Thursday.

Both Vikas and Vincenzo have competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Vincenzo Mangiacapre of Italy is a bronze medal winner from the London 2012 Games.

Vikas Krishan won the quarter-final by 3:2 split decision. The Indian, who has qualified for his third Olympics, used his reach to good effect with stiff jabs keeping the Italian at bay.

Mangiacapre countered in the second round with a flurry of shots with the two boxers clinching often. Vikas swung away in the final round and landed a few rights while Vincenzo continued to attack. The judges eventually ruled in favour of the Indian.

Earlier, world No. 1 in the 52kg category, Amit Panghal was stunned by European Games champion Gabriel Escobar of Spain by a 3:2 split decision in their quarter-final match.

This was Amit Panghal’s second tournament since the COVID-19 pandemic. He had bagged gold at the Cologne Boxing World Cup in December.

In other quarter-final matches of the day at Boxam, Mohammad Hussamuddin, a 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, got the better of Italian Simone Spada by unanimous decision in the 57kg category. Satish Kumar too won 5:0 against Morten Givskov Nielsen of Denmark in the +91kg.

Tokyo-bound Manish Kaushik beat Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin in the 63kg while Ashish Kumar prevailed over Remo Salvati of Italy in the 75kg. Both were won by 4:1 split decision.

London 2012 Olympian Sumit Sangwan (81kg) too won by a 4:1 split decision against Belgium’s Ziad El Mohor.

Sanjeet (91kg), meanwhile, lost to Italy’s Matteo Girolamo by a 3:2 split verdict.

A 14-member Indian boxing squad was named for the Boxam tournament in Spain. Two women pugilists were eliminated in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. The remaining four, including Mary Kom, advanced to the semi-finals.

Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishan, Ashish Kumar, Satish Kumar and Manish Kaushik have all qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.