Mohammad Hussamuddin, an experienced boxer from India and bronze medalist at the 2022 Asian Championships, put on a stunning performance as he got off to a great start in the IBA Men's World Boxing Championships 2023, winning brilliantly in the first round on Monday.
Varinder Singh, competing in the 60 kg division, lost the bout against Mujibillo Tursunov of Uzbekistan and was eliminated from the tournament with a score of 0-5.
Hussamuddin (57 kg), who has won bronze at the Commonwealth Games twice, dominated Macedonia's Alen Rustemovski in the first round with a commanding 5-0 victory while competing from the Red corner.
The Telangana-born fighter started the fight cautiously but expertly changed up his style to dominate the Macedonian. Hussamuddin was able to strike blows precisely by using his power and excellent level of technical skill, earning the win by unanimous decision.
Hussamuddin will face the victor of the contest between Amzolele Dyeyi of South Africa and Lyu Pengyuan of China in the next round.
Ashish Chaudhary, a Tokyo Olympian, and Harsh Choudhary, a first-time competitor, will compete in their respective tournament openers on Tuesday. The opponents for Ashish (80 kg) and Harsh (86 kg) are Meysam Gheshlaghi of Iran and Billy McAllister of Australia, respectively.
538 boxers, including numerous Olympic medalists, are taking part in the current competition from 107 nations, and BFI has sent a 13-man team to participate.
Seven Indian male boxers have won medals overall in the World Boxing Championships, and the nation's gifted boxers are keen to raise that total at the current edition of the competition.
The 2023 IBA Men's World Boxing Championships will feature top fighters from across the globe. The gold medal winners will get USD $200,000 in prize money. The winners of the silver medal will get USD 100,000, while the winners of the bronze medal will receive USD 50,000 apiece.