At the moment the Asian Amateur Championships are going on and Indian fight fans are certainly showing a lot of interest in that. It's worth noting however that it's not just Indian amateur fighters having success, but also professionals, and yesterday two notable Indian pro's picked up wins in the west.
The most promising of those fighters was former amateur standout Vikas Krishan (2-0, 1), who took a 6 round decision win over 23 year old American fighter Noah Kidd (3-2-1, 2).
Vikas's win, which came on the under-card of Terence Crawford's victory over Amir Khan, was a near shut out victory for the "Indian Tank", who was dominant but will feel disappointed to have not scored a stoppage. To his credit Kidd came to win, but lacked the skills to really test Vikas, who pressed the fight through out and was well deserving of the win.
For fans wanting to watch Vikas's bout it can be seen in the below video, starting about 41 minutes in.
As well as Vikas' win it was also a successful night for Neeraj Goyat (11-3-2, 2), who took a 6 round decision over Carlos Lopez Marmolejo (9-7-1, 5) in Ontario, Canada. This was Goyat's second win in Canada, coming after his Canadian debut last September, and was a step up in class from his last bout. Saying that however Marmolejo is no star, and the 40 year old had been stopped in 4 prior defeats, including 3 of his previous 6.
On Friday night Indian fighter Neeraj Goyat (10-3-2, 2) made his Canadian debut, in his first bout as a Lee Baxter Promotions fighter. The talented Indian hopeful was facing off with Mexican foe Ernesto Cardona Sanchez (3-5, 3) and took a 4 round decision victory.
The Indian is the WBC Asian Boxing Council Welterweight title, though that title wasn't on the line.
Goyat boxed well for the most part, showed a touch of excitement and flair, but did admit that he was glads to be back after a big of a break. Apparently he had twice had to cancel bouts in Canada prior to this one due to logistical issues, but it's clear that he is happy to have got the ball rolling and get on with things on Canadian soil
Goyat's win saw him him bouncing back from a June loss in Mexico against Sergio Daniel Moreno Martinez. As for Sanchez this was a was a second loss in 3 bouts, and showed that he really is as limited as his record suggests.
Prior to this bout Goyat has signed a relatively big money deal with Lee Baxter Promotions, and with this win he has began the relationship well. It's now a case of building on it and progressing his career from this win in to bigger and better bouts.
(Image courtesy of Times of India)
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