These five boxers include two women had assured themselves of medals at the 20th Commonwealth Games by advancing to the semifinals of their respective weight categories here.
Vijender (75 kg), Mandeep Jangra (69 kg) and L Devendro Singh (49 kg) came up with dominating victories in the men’s competition, while L Sarita Devi (60 kg) and Pinki Jangra (51 kg) entered the last four of the women’s event.
Vijender had outclassed Trinidad and Tobago’s Aaron Prince, winning 3-0 on points in a unanimous decision.
Vijender said, “I changed my tactics midway in the bout. In the first round I was trying to play a bit defensively. But he kept on coming and so I had to change my tactics and become aggressive. It is all about doing right things during the bout. I took some punches from my opponent but it was all about boxing. You get hit. I am getting better and hope I win gold.”