With a clinical 14-10 win late last night over Danabek Suzhanov of Kazakhstan at the London, 26-year-old Vijender be the country’s first ever Olympic bronze-medallist winner in boxing competition.
Vijender got the bronze in the Beijing Games four years ago and had a gold medallist in the Commonwealth Championship. This time, his victory and passion added his confident to grab his opponent’s strategy as to pierce the defence of his rival.
“I am delighted to make it through to the next round, he was a tough opponent and now its on to the next challenge,” Haryana boxer said.
“I want to go home with a different coloured medal this time,” Vijender added.
Reports said, Kazakh fighter also landed a few good blows at the Excel arena, though Vijender take a 5-4 margin in the opening round, despite missing a few good scoring chances. Suzhanov tried to go on the offensive in the third round, but Indian athlete took a further 5-3 lead to kept his position above his opponent and finally ended with a victory note.
Haryana boxer, with his good mind setup to keep himself ahead for a second Olympic medal, had initially in a decisive move. He showed more enthusiastic in the second round and by consolidate his position in third round had easily win Olympics without being under any serious pressure.
Now Vijender next fight would be in the round of last 16 Thursday on against 24-year old USA, Terrel Gausha.