New Delhi, Five-time Asian Championships medallist Shiva Thapa rode on his experience to score a hard-fought win and progressed to the quarterfinals of the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan on Friday.
Thapa (63.5kg) was up against Mongolia's Byambatsogt Tuguldur in the pre-quarterfinal bout. Both boxers went toe-to-toe from the beginning with their aggressive approach and landed some heavy blows on each other, making it a very close contest.
In the end, it was the seasoned Indian boxer's experience and quick movement that helped him prevail over his opponent and secure a 3:2 victory by split decision in this fiercely-contested bout.
Thapa will now take on the winner of the bout between Haidara Alasaly and Minsu Choi in the quarterfinals.
Later on Friday night, Ananta Chopade (54kg) and Etash Khan (60kg) will be in action against Japan's Tanaka Shogo and Thailand's Khunatip Pudnich respectively in their pre-quarterfinal bouts.
Seven Indian women pugilists including Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina will be kicking off their campaign from the quarterfinal stage on Saturday.
Lovlina, who has changed her weight category from 69kg, will be appearing in her first international tournament in the 75kg weight category as she takes to the ring against the 2016 World Champion, Valentina Khalzova of Kazakhstan.
The six other boxers who will be in action on Saturday are Minakshi (52kg), Sakshi (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Parveen (63kg), Ankushita (66kg) and Pooja (70kg).
In all 267 participants from 27 top boxing nations are in the fray in the elite competition.