Extending India's winning momentum, Sanjeet and Nishant Dev registered excellent come-from-behind victories to enter the quarter-finals at the 2021 AIBA Men's Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.
Joining Akash Kumar (54kg) and Narender (+92) in the Last-8 stage, the current Asian champion Sanjeet and Nishant presented a splendid show in their matches on October 31. They ensured an all-win record for the country on the seventh day of the prestigious tournament, where 650 top boxers have participated from more than 100 countries worldwide.
Having lost the opening round, the boxer from Rohtak, Sanjeet recovered well in time against the Georgian opponent Giorgi Tchigladze not only to win the next round but also the 92kg Last-16 contest 4-1 comfortably in the end.
Similarly, while playing in the 71kg pre-quarterfinals bout, debutant Nishant struggled in the early part of the game. However, the reigning national champion from Karnataka turned the tables quite handsomely in the later stage of the match with some continuous sharp, and precise body blows against the Mexican Alvarez Verde to tilt the result of the closely-fought match 3-2 in his favour.
With just a win away from confirming medals for the country, Sanjeet will now take on Italian boxer Aziz Mouhiidine while Nishant will square off against Russia's Vadim Musaev in their respective quarter-final matches on November 2.