The World University Boxing Championships started with preliminary bouts ©FISU

Russia enjoyed a positive first day of the World University Boxing Championships in the city of Elista.

Home fighters produced dominant performances as the event got underway at the Oirat-Arena in the Republic of Kalmykia city.

Vadim Tukov was among the Russians to progress as he won his opening middleweight bout in impressive style.

Tukov was awarded a unanimous 5-0 win over Japan’s Umemura Ren at the conclusion of their contest.

His compatriot Gabil Mamedov replicated the achievement in the men’s lightweight competition.

Mamedov was able to celebrate a clear points win over Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu-Jun.

The Russian boxers will still have a long way to progress in their divisions if they are to celebrate success, however.

Further preliminary matches are scheduled to take place over the next two days, with the semi-finals due to be held on Wednesday (September 5).

Finals will take place the following day, where gold medals will be awarded.

A total of 10 men’s and three women’s weight categories are being contested in the city.

Competition will take place until September 6 ©Youtube
Competition will take place until September 6 ©Youtube

Organisers state that than 120 athletes from 22 countries are competing.

Entrance for spectators to all events of the World University Boxing Championship is free.

Aside from competition, a cultural programme is due to run alongside the event.

The International University Sports Federation competition is part of the World University Championship series.

There are 34 stand-alone World University Championship events on the 2018 calendar.