Doha, Oct 10 (IANS) Shiva Thapa (56kg) assured India of a medal at the World Boxing Championships when he entered the semi-finals following an overwhelming 3-0 win over local hope Hakan Erseker here on Saturday. With this win, Shiva became only the third Indian to claim a medal at the Worlds after Vijender Singh in 2009 and Vikas Krishan Yadav (2011), who lost earlier in the day. Shiva is also now one win away from securing a berth for the country in the 2016 Olympic Games. If the Asian Championships bronze medallist will lose in the semi-final, the boxer from Assam will get another play-off to book his ticket to Rio. The bantamweight boxer started the bout in a convincing fashion, landing his punches clearly. He looked more agile and active as compared to the Qatari and the Indian’s aggression overwhelmed Erseker. In the other match, Vikas suffered a 0-3 loss against Egypt’s Hosam Abdin in the quarter-finals. 

World No.4 Vikas seemed to be keeping Abdin on his toes but eventually the bout was awarded to the Egyptian unanimously. The 23-year-old Vikas began the first round in confident fashion, holding a tight guard and managing to work out a few clear opportunities. He looked to have landed a fair share of punches but Abdin who was taller, outscored Vikas, using his better reach advantageously. Having lost the first round 29-28, Vikas mounted a rousing fightback, again landing a few clear left-hooks but once again saw himself losing the round by an identical scoreline. In the third round, Abdin looked content to run the clock, moving away from Vikas and using a number of holds. The judges awarded the Egyptian, ranked number 21 in the world, the third round by a score of 30-27. Vikas said that he felt that he had done enough after the first and the second rounds. “I think I landed some convincing punches. It felt like a very close fight. I believed that I was in contention in the first two rounds. In the third, I had to go all out,” he said in a release. “It is a disappointing result, but I have to take this in my stride and aim to correct a few mistakes I made. I am confident that I will be qualifying for the Rio Olympics as there are a couple of qualifiers coming up.”

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