One of the many things we're guilty of here is focusing on professional boxing so much and ignoring amateur boxing. That's something we're going to try and change in the future and feature more amateur bouts in our various series. Today we're going to do that by bringing a major upset from the 2011 World Amateur Championships in Baku.
October 4th 2011
Laishram Devendro vs Carlos Quipo
Coming in to the tournament Ecuadorian fighter Carlos Quipo was regarded as one of the competition's favourites at Light Flyweight. He was one of the 8 seeds, who got a bye into the second round, and was regarded as being one of the fighters with real medal potential. He was 21 years old but had been competing at a high level in the amateur ranks for years. His amateur achievements coming into this competition included a Gold medal at the 2010 Pan Am Games, a Silver medal at the 2010 South American Games and in 2009 he had reached the last 16 at the World Amateur Championships, losing to eventual silver medal winner David Ayrapetyan.
Quipo's second opponent at the Championships was little known Indian Laishram Devendro. Singh was a relative unknown with his biggest achievement up to this point being a Silver medal at the Asian Youth Championships. He had done very, very little else on the international stage, often being beaten in his first or second bout. Whilst he had fought on the international stage a few times he had struggled badly, and was eliminated from the 2010 AIBA Youth World Championships by Naoya Inoue.
Looking at the draw this bout was supposed to be the logical step forward to a bout between Quipo and talented Korean Shin Jong Hun, who had taken a bronze medal at the 2009 World Amateur Championships. No one told Laishram he wasn't supposed to take this opportunity to shine.
From the off Laishram came forward, pressing and pressuring the more experienced, and technically more skilled man from Ecuador. Despite the skills of the Ecuadorian he was often on the back foot, throwing little and fighting a negative fight. It wasn't like either was letting their hands go a lot in the first round but the eye catching work was coming from the Indian fighter who had the lead at the end of the round.
Quipo responded well to being behind, picking up the pace early in round 2 but he failed to keep the pace up as Laishram's heavy hooks got him back into the into the bout. Laishram seemed to drop Quipo mid way through the round, though it was ruled as a slip. Despite that call from the referee the confidence of the Indian was growing and by the end of the round he was in a clear lead, leaving Quipo with a lot to do.
With the scores against him heading into round 3 Quipo knew he was in a hole. He knew he had to take it to Laishram and to his credit Quipo did do better in round 3 than he had in the first 2 rounds, taking advantage of a tiring Laishram. Although he did better it was no where near good enough from Quipo to over-come the clear deficit he was in going into the round.
Sadly for Laishram he was unable to build on this big win, losing in the following round to Shin Jong Hun. Thankfully however this wasn't the last we heard of him, and Laishram did go on to compete at the 2012 Olympics and went on to win a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth games.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).