Solanki looked in complete control from the word go as he blanked opponent Arapov Aidos of Kazakhstan 5-0 to make the last eight
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gaurav Solanki (57kg) advanced to the quarter-finals of the Bosphorus Boxing Tournament with a facile opening-round win in Istanbul Turkey.
Solanki looked in complete control from the word go as he blanked opponent Arapov Aidos of Kazakhstan 5-0 to make the last eight.
World Championship bronze medallist Sonia Lather also kickstarted her campaign on a winning note. The Haryana pugilist dominated her opponent Rosario Milagros from Argentina before completing a 5-0 win in the women’s 57kg.
Lather will take on local favourite Surmeneli Tugcenaz in her second-round match.
Meanwhile, three other Indian pugilists suffered losses in their respective opening bouts. Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Naman Tanwar went down 4-1 against Turkey’s Baki Yalcin Muhammed in men’s 91kg while PL Prasad lost to Kazakhstan’s Abdikadyr Damir 5-0 in the 52kg category.
Prayag Chavhan (men’s 75kg) and Pooja (women’s 75kg) also fell short against Azerbaijan’s Sahsuvarli Karman and Russia’s Shamonova Anastasia respectively.
On the second day of the event, six more Indian boxers will be seen in action as they begin their campaign. World Championship bronze medallist Shiva Thapa (63kg), Duryodhan Negi (69kg), Brijesh Yadav (81kg) and Kishan Sharma (+91kg) will compete in the men’s category while Nikhat Zareen (51kg) and Parveen (60kg) will be seen in women’s category.
A 13-member Indian boxing contingent, including eight men and five women, is participating in the tournament, which is scheduled from 15-21 March and have strong competition with the presence of top boxing nations like Russia, Argentina and Kazakhstan.