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Indian pugilists rule the ring

Four-and-a-half days into the Delhi 2010 Boxing competition and the Indians are still firmly in the hunt for medals.

Nine of the host nation's 10 boxers have won at least one bout and two of them - Light-flyweight Amandeep Singh and Flyweight Suranjoy Mayengbam are assured of a Bronze.

The only Indian yet to see action is Light-heavyweight Dinesh Kumar, who will be seen in the ring on Saturday night.

Singh became the first Indian boxer to be assured of a medal when he outpointed Malaysia's Muhammad Fuad 7-1, and will next run into Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes (NIR), who beat Australian Andrew Moloney 5-3 on points.

Mayengbam outclassed Malaysia's Mohd. Subrie 9-2 to ensure India another bronze medal in the Flyweight (52 kg) category. The third Indian boxer, Manpreet Singh, overran Tanzania's Haruna Mhando 15-3 to enter the Heavyweight (91kg) category quarter-finals.

Others to watch out for are, Melbourne 2006 defending champion Jafet Uutoni (NAM), who won his Light-flyweight quarter-final bout easily, beating Jason Lavigilante (MRI) 5-0 on points.

Pakistan are now assured of two bronze medals. Muhammad Waseem moved past Ghana's Duke Micah in the Light-flyweight division, while Haroon Iqbal, overlooked by England selectors, beat Welshman Andrew Selby on countback after their scores were locked at 3-3 at the end of their Flyweight bout.