Strandja Memorial Tournament: Indian boxers Gaurav Solanki, Naman Tanwar advance to the quarter-finals

Commonwealth Games medal-winning duo of Gaurav Solanki (52kg) and Naman Tanwar (91kg) entered the quarterfinals of the 70th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament with contrasting wins in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Press Trust of India February 17, 2019 11:32:47 IST
Strandja Memorial Tournament: Indian boxers Gaurav Solanki, Naman Tanwar advance to the quarter-finals

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games medal-winning duo of Gaurav Solanki (52kg) and Naman Tanwar (91kg) entered the quarter-finals of the 70th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament with contrasting wins in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Strandja Memorial Tournament Indian boxers Gaurav Solanki Naman Tanwar advance to the quarterfinals

File image of Gaurav Solanki. Reuters

Gold Coast CWG gold-winner Solanki, taking to the ring within 24 hours of his first-round win, defeated Kazakhstan's Anvar Muzaparov 3-2 in a hard-fought contest on Saturday night.

The 19-year-old Tanwar, who claimed a bronze in Gold Coast last year, got the better of Poland's Michal Soczynski 5-0 in a dominating performance.

Solanki faces Uzbekistan's Fayzov Khudonyazar in the last-eight stage. Khudonyazar defeated local hope Tinko Banabakov in his pre-quarterfinal bout, which was also ended in a split verdict.

Tanwar, on the other hand, will be up against Ukraine's Serhii Horskov. Horskov out-punched Serbia's Darko Stankovic in his pre-quarterfinal contest to fetch a 5-0 decision from the judges

However, it was curtains for Ulaan Baatar Cup gold-medallist Ankush Dahiya. Dahiya lost to Macedonia's Jasin Ljama, the bout lasting just over a minute before the referee stopped the contest. Dahiya is also a former Asian youth silver-medallist.

India's best medal haul at this prestigious European event was last year when the country snared 11 in all, two of them gold.

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