The marquee global showpiece was scheduled from December 4 to 18 but got postponed due to the COVID-19 situation in Istanbul.
The AIBA Women's World Championships is scheduled to take place in Istanbul in December.
In the previous edition of the tournament in 2019, Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik won silver and bronze respectively, for India.
The 21-year-old Akash, who is a reigning national champion, prevailed 5-0 with a fabulous performance which was a perfect mix of powerful punching and great showmanship.
Besides Shiva Thapa, four other Indians to enter the Men's Boxing World Championships are Sanjeet (92kg), Nishant Dev (71kg), Akash Kumar (54kg) and Narender (+92).
Following Nishant Dev’s win, two other Indians Sumit (75kg) and Narender Berwal (+92kg) also won their respective first-round bouts late last night.
Akash Sangwan defeated Turkey’s Furkan Adem 5-0 to enter the 67kg second round in a bout that went into late last night.
Rohit enjoyed an upper hand from the word go defeating Ecuador’s Jean Caicedo 5-0 in the 57kg opening round.
While Sachin (80kg) will face American Robby Gonzalez in the second round, Sanjeet (92kg) is up against Russian Andre Stotskii in his opening bout.
Indian men's boxing team will be in for a challenging time at the AIBA World Championships, starting at Belgrade on Monday.
The sport of boxing is currently going through a tough time after it was found in an investigation that over 10 bouts at the 2016 Rio Olympics were manipulated.
Mary Kom, who is a six-time world champion, is training for the women's World Championships to be held in December in Istanbul.
Referees, judges and technical officials for the World Championships in Belgrade next month now face tough selection criteria, including background and other checks.
India will be represented by a full-strength 13-strong squad featuring Asian medal-winners like Deepak Kumar (51kg), Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) and Sanjeet (92kg).
Deepak Kumar (51kg), Akash (54kg), Akash (67), Sumit (75kg), Sachin Kumar (80kg), Lakshya (86kg) and Narender (+92kg) also secured gold medals.
IOC expressed dissatisfaction with the work done by the AIBA to address concerns related to its governance, finances and the refereeing and judging system.
The country’s Tokyo Olympics-returned boxers will also have to compete and claim gold at the Nationals to be eligible for the global showpiece
Preeti Dahiya (60kg), Sneha Kumari (66kg), Khushi (75kg) and Neha (54kg) clinched gold medals in the women's draw
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