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Dinesh, Balwinder bow out of Cuba Boxing tourney

June 04, 2011 16:46 IST

India's Asian Games silver medalist Dinesh Kumar (81kg) and compatriot Balwinder Beniwal (69kg) lost their opening round bouts to their respective opponents in the Giraldo Cordova Cardin Memorial Boxing tournament in Havana, Cuba on Saturday.

After a scintillating start on Friday, day two of the event turned out to be a bit of a dampener for Indian boxers.

Balwinder, playing in the welter weight category, was the first to take to the ring and was up against Roniel Iglesias of Cuba's main team.

Iglesias, a bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and gold medallist (64 kg) at the Milan World Championship, made things difficult for the 20-year-old.

Balwinder, who was a silver medallist at the same event last year, did his best against the former world champion but the Cuban had an answer for everything.

In the end, the technique and experience of the Cuban fighter turned out to be superior to that of Balwinder's, who lost on points 12:26.

The second Indian boxer in the fray, Olympian Dinesh Kumar also came up short against the Yamaguchi Florentino of Brazil 14:24 on points.

The final score, however, does not do justify the bout as the 20-year-old played with all his heart.

Despite fighting valiantly, Dinesh unfortunately could not translate all his punches into points. On the other hand, Florentino, who is a prized WSB fighter, was throwing more punches at close range and that worked in the Brazilian's favour.

On Sunday, five Indian boxers will take to the ring at the Ramon Fonst multi-sports hall.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Suranjoy Singh, CWG bronze medallist Amandeep Singh, Asian Games silver medalist Nanao Singh and Shiva Thapa will all be making their first appearance in the tournament.

Santosh Harijan, who stunned the officials and spectators with his superb performance in the first round, will fight Mozambican Cramido in the second round.

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