Jakarta, Aug 24 (IANS) India’s boxing campaign started on an unfortunate note after Gaurav Solanki was outpunched by Japan’s Tanaka Ryomei 5-0 in the men’s Flyweight (52kg) Round of 32 clash at the Asian Games here on Friday.
Solanki, the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist started off cautiously before being pinned down with a straight hit on the face towards the end of the first round.
The Japanese continued his aggression in the second round but Gaurav finally managed to retaliate with a jab to the face to collect some crucial points.
In the final round, the Indian gradually ran out of steam, which helped the Japanese dominate with effective counter-punches and ensure his march to the next round.
Later in the day, Manoj Kumar will be in action against Bhutan’s Wangdi Sangay in the men’s Welterweight (69kg) category.