Atoev’s left and right hook combination also fetched him more points than the Indian’s right hooks that occasionally landed on spot.
In the first round, it was even-stevens as both boxers were locked at 3-3. However, in the second round, Vijender rattled Atoev with a lethal left hook but the Uzbek came up with a few solid counter punches as he won the round 7-5.
The two-point cushion proved good enough as the winner started the third round with a bang as his right hook landed flush on Vijender’s face to help him consolidate his lead.
He held onto it as he scored another seven points in the third round and clinched the issue with a 17-13 scoreline ensuring atleast a bronze medal.