The Indian boxer wins in just two minutes and 24 seconds.
L. Devendro Singh made a sensational debut in the Olympics, storming into the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s light flyweight category (49 kg) in just two minutes and 24 seconds at the ExCel Arena here on Tuesday.
Devendro stopped his opponent Bayron Molina Figueroa of Honduras with 36 seconds left in the opening round as the referee called off the contest.
The RSC verdict for Devendro helped him join teammates Vijender Singh and Jai Bhagwan in the pre-quarterfinals of the boxing competition.
The 20-year-old pocket-sized dynamo from Manipur meant business right from the beginning and started the bout aggressively against Figueroa.
Flurry of punches
Devendro displayed quicksilver footwork and stunned his opponent with a flurry of power-packed punches to dominate the contest right through.
The Indian knocked Figueroa down to the canvas with a powerful left hook that rattled his Honduran rival.
Thereafter, Devendro took control of the bout with some aggressive boxing, as he went hammer and tongs at his rival to force the referee to give his rival a standing 8-count twice in the opening round.
Figueroa failed to get his composure and footing back after the initial onslaught and the referee eventually stopped the bout with 36 seconds still remaining in the opening round.
Devendro’s domination could be gauged from the fact that he was leading 24-2 when the contest was stopped.
The Indian boxer will face Serdamba Purevdorj of Mongolia in the next round on Saturday.