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Amandeep settles for Asian boxing silver

Last updated on: August 12, 2011 19:58 IST

India's hopes of winning a gold medal at the Asian Boxing Championships were dashed when Amandeep Singh lost to South Korean pugilist Shin Jong Hun in the 49kg summit clash, in Incheon, on Friday.

Amandeep, the Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist, lost 11:18 and had to settle for silver.

The 25-year-old Punjab boxer was the lone Indian to make it to the final of the Championships.

Amandeep SinghShin, a bronze medallist at 2009 AIBA World Championship, made an aggressive start, not allowing Amandeep chances to score. The Indian did throw a few straight punches, but was down by a point at 4:5 after the opening three minutes' action.

The South Korean though kept increasing the margin with his body blows and short jabs, and by the time the final bell went he was well ahead on points.

India finished the Championships with one silver and two bronze medals.

2010 Commonwealth champion Paramjeet Samota (91kg) and 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist Balwinder Beniwal (64kg) had to settle for bronze medals each after losing in the semi-finals.

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