Expert boxer Mohammad Hussamuddin put on a stunning performance and started India's IBA Men's World Boxing Championships 2023 campaign in grand fashion on Monday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Hussamuddin (57 kg), a two-time bronze medalist at the Commonwealth Games, easily defeated Alen Rustemovski of Macedonia in the first round with a commanding 5-0 victory. The Telangana-born fighter started the fight cautiously but expertly changed up his style to dominate the Macedonian.
Hussamuddin was able to hit blows precisely by using his power and excellent level of technical skill, earning the win by unanimous decision.
Varinder Singh, competing in the 60 kg division, lost the bout against Mujibillo Tursunov of Uzbekistan and was eliminated from the tournament with a score of 0-5.
Ashish Chaudhary, a Tokyo Olympian, and Harsh Choudhary, a first-time competitor, will compete in their respective tournament openers on Tuesday. The opponents for Ashish (80 kg) and Harsh (86 kg) are Meysam Gheshlaghi of Iran and Billy McAllister of Australia, respectively.
In order to participate in the ongoing tournament, which is being attended by 538 boxers from 107 different nations, including numerous Olympic medalists, BFI sent a 13-man team.
Seven Indian male boxers have won medals overall in the World Boxing Championships, and the nation's gifted boxers are keen to raise that total at the current edition of the competition.