India’s first super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer to compete in the Olympics, Satish Kumar has seven stitches and will participate in the quarterfinals of his debut Games, only if the doctors clear him on Sunday, confirmed Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh.
“He got cuts because of three head butts during the bout. But it was a very measured performance by Satish, he could have been in trouble had Brown connected because he was huge and powerful,” Indian boxing’s High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva had said.
Next up for Satish is Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov, the reigning world and Asian champion. Jalolov out-punched Azerbaijan’s Mahammad Abdullayev 5-0 in his last-16 bout.
“He is not unbeatable. Although Satish has never won against him but the last time they fought in the India Open, it was split verdict. He ran him close,” Nieva said.
Satish, also a 2018 Commonwealth Games silver-medallist, dominated with his right hand and allowed Brown to repeatedly make the mistake of lunging in with very little balance.
Brown seemed to be looking for that one big punch that could unsettle the Indian but failed miserably, owing to his inability to move quickly enough after launching into Satish.