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Nishant Dev becomes first Indian male boxer to win Paris Olympics quota

Nishant Dev won Paris Olympics quota in 71kg category after winning his quarter-final bout at Boxing Olympic qualifiers.

Nishant Dev becomes first Indian male boxer to win Paris Olympics quota

Nishant Dev after winning the 2024 Paris Olympics quota in the 71kg category. (Photo Credits- BFI)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 31 May 2024 10:22 AM GMT

World championships bronze medalist boxer Nishant Dev continued his sublime run and became the first Indian male boxer to win the quota for the 2024 Paris Olympics at the second Boxing Olympics qualifiers in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday.

Nishant defeated Vesile Cebotari of Maldova in the quarter-final of the 71kg category by unanimous decision and booked his quota for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Coming into the match in a sublime form, Nishant started aggressively and landed two hooks on his opponent. The Maldovan was trying but didn't pack any punch in the first round.

Nishant's dominance meant that he won the first round 5-0 with all the judges scoring 10-9 in his favour.

The second round was no different as Nishant quickly used a combination of punches on his opponent and then one jab on Cebotari's face left him rattled.

Cebotari landed a couple of punches on Nishant but the Indian boxer was unfazed and returned the favour. Nishant won the second round with four judges giving him the win while one judge rated both the boxers equal.

Cebotari and Nishant both look tired in the final round after an intensive two rounds and to add salt to the wound, Cebotari's point was deducted for a low blow on Nishant.

The Indian boxer bided his time wisely and clinched the first 2024 Paris Olympics quota in men's boxing for India.

With Nishant's quota, India has four Paris Olympics quotas now with Nikhat Zareen, Lovlina Borgohain, and Preeti Pawar being the other three quota winners.

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