Deepak produced another impressive performance as he brushed off China Zhangh Jiamao by a unanimous 5-0 verdict in the round of 16 at 51 kg.
Nishant also had an easy game of the last 16 as they recorded an RSC first round win (refer stops contest) against Palestine. Foqahaa Nidal.
Nishant’s dominance was such that he spent less than two minutes in the ring before being declared the winner.
The Indian southpaw resorted to body shots before hitting Nidal with a powerful right hook that forced the referee to give the Palestinian his first standing count.
Seconds later, Nishant unleashed a left-right-left hook combination as Nidal fell to the canvas, forcing the referee to give him his second count before stopping the fight.
Competing in the 51kg Olympic class, Deepak once again put on a brilliant display. As the first round was neck and neck, with the two boxers trading blows, the 25-year-old Indian managed to take a slim 3-2 lead.
The Haryana boxer picked up the pace in the next six minutes. Deepak used his nimble foot to move around the ring, landing a combination of punches while dodging his opponent’s attacks rather effortlessly.
On Sunday, Deepak pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament as he edged out Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist and 2021 world champion Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan.
Deepak was selected ahead of World Championship silver medalist Amit Panghal and the 25-year-old has put in impressive performances in the three fights he has contested so far.
(With PTI inputs)