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CWG PHOTOS: Vijender settles for silver as Indian boxers fail to win gold

Last updated on: August 03, 2014 02:25 IST

CWG PHOTOS: Vijender settles for silver as Indian boxers fail to win gold

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A gold medal eluded India's boxers through the evening, and the four pugilists in fray for the top prize, including Olympic bronze winner Vijender Singh, had to be content with a silver each at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, on Saturday.

Apart from the four silver, India brought home a bronze.

Besides Vijender, Mandeep Jangra (men's 69kg), Laishram Devendro Singh (men's 46-49kg) and Laishram Sarita Devi (women's 57-60kg) also lost their final bouts.

Jangra struggled, losing his bout rather tamely, to England's Scott Fitzgerald 3-0 while suffering three knock-downs.

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Image: Scott Fitzgerald (red) of England knocks down India's Mandeep Jangra
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Vijender settles for silver

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Vijender also failed to live up to expectations, beaten by a superior opponent in an unanimous verdict at a jam-packed venue.

The 28-year-old Indian was not his aggressive self and failed to breach the tight defence of his opponent.

To the dismay of the Indian team, he got a knock-down in the first round. He failed to thwart a ferocious punch from the Englishman and was on his knees as the referee began the count.

He was up in no time but looked rattled by the blow.

Fowler dominated the second round also and got the nod of all the three judges, with Vijender finding it hard to land his punches.

Vijender, who had won a silver in 2006 Melbourne Games and a bronze in 2010 Delhi Games, came back strongly in the third and final round and all the three judges scored in favour of him. The deficit from the first two rounds, however, was too much for him to stage a fightback.

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Image: India's Vijender Singh (left) looks dejected as England's Antony Fowler is declared the winner
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CWG Boxing: Devendro, Sarita settle for silvers after losing in finals

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Laishram Sarita Devi and her brother Devendro lost their respective finals to settle for a silver medal each.

Sarita was outclassed by Australia's Shelley Watts in the women's lightweight (57-60kg) division, while her younger brother, Devendro, went down to Northern Ireland's Paddy Barnes in the men's light-flyweight (46-49kg) category.

Sarita, a former World Championships silver medallist, dished out a gritty fight as she was on level terms till the midway in the four-round eight-minute bout.

The Manipuri boxer, however, lost steam in the later stages and was out-punched by her stronger and taller opponent as she went down 0-3.

She was rattled by a flurry of punches from Watts in the third and fourth rounds. All the three judges gave identical cumulative scores of 39-37, 39-37, 39-37 in favour of the Australian.

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Image: Laishram Sarita Devi of India (left) in action against Shelley Watts of Australia
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Devendro was again beaten by 2008 and 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Barnes, who had also beaten him in the quarter-finals stage in London.

The 22-year-old Manipuri had come prepared that he would fight his older Irishman 'friend' at one stage of the tournament and it was again Barnes who won by a unanimous 3-0 verdict.

Devendro was at his aggressive self but his inferior defence let him down. Barnes landed punches on the Indian, who was the shorter of the two.

The first two rounds went in favour of Barnes though Devendro tried to make a match out of it.

To his credit, the feisty Devendro never gave up and he even got the nod from two judges but that was that too late in the day to stage a fightback against an experienced opponent.

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Image: Devendro Singh Laishram of India poses with the silver medal
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