Shiva Thapa’s win in the quarter-finals makes him the third Indian to win a medal at the World Boxing Championships. Thapa’s win over Hakan Erseker of Qatar puts him just one win away from a confirmed berth in India’s Olympic contingent next year.
Shiva Thapa to fight a lone battle
Shiva’s compatriots Vikas Krishan and Satish Kumar have been eliminated from the competition. This leaves Shiva Thapa as the lone Indian survivor in the competition’s crucial stage.
Shiva fought in a brilliant manner to upset the home crowd as he knocked-out the Qatari Erseker from the competition. Shiva Thapa maintained an aggressive game throughout, making perfect use of jabs and hooks to convince the judges in his favour.
“Today, I was clear about my strategy. Once I realised that he would not attack too much, I opened up my guard to bait him and counter-punched aggressively every time he fell into the trap,” said the Indian after his successful game.
“I am assured of a medal now but the job is still not done and getting an Olympic quota place is my aim,” he added.
Vikas Krishan lost to Egypt’s Hosam Abdin in an unexpected result by 3-0. On the other hand, Satish lost 3-0 to Turkey’s Ali Demirezen.
Shiva Thapa meets familiar foe in semis
The Indian is set to face a known opponent, who forced Shiva to settle for the bronze at the Asian Boxing Championships last month. Shiva will square-off against Uzebekistan’s Murodjon Akhmadaliev in the semis.
If Shiva fails to overcome his Uzbek counterpart, he still has hopes of qualifying for the Olympics by winning a box-off.