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Devendro, Shiva and Jangra storm into Asian Boxing finals

Last updated on: July 08, 2013 16:41 IST

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The young Indian boxing trio of Devendro Singh (49kg), Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Mandeep Jangra (69kg) maintained their fine form to enter the finals of the Asian Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan.

The three young guns are now assured of at least a silver medal finish from the tournament.

The nimble-footed Devendro was at his menacing best against L V Bin from China. The 21-year-old dominated the bout from the beginning and won comfortably. The World Championships quarter-finalist will now look to better the hue of his first medal when he takes on Temertas Zhussupov of Kazakhstan.


Image: Devendro Singh with Indian national boxing coach GS Sandhu (right) and assistant coach Jaidev Bisht (left)
Photographs: IBF Media

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Shiva, making his second international appearance since the 2012 London Olympics, was up against Malbekov Omurbek from Kyrgyzstan in his semi-final bout.

He started slowly but soon nosed ahead with the help of some sharp jabs and swift footwork.

In the second and the third rounds Malbekov fell to precise counter-attacks of Shiva and lost his rhythm.

The Indian went on to seal a place in the title round after securing victory by an unanimous decision.

The 19-year-old will next take on another 19-year-old, Obada Alkabeh, from the home team on Monday.


Image: Shiva Thapa
Photographs: IBF Media

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Jangra too continued his purple patch. The 20-year-old was involved in tough scuffle for a place in the finals against Mongolia's Asian Games bronze-medallist Jargal Otgonjargal.

The Mongolian boxer started strongly with some punishing body blows. But Jangra's solid defence and counter-attacking paid off and he kept accumulating crucial points.

After nine minutes of intense boxing, the Indian emerged victorious on an unanimous decision from the judges.

The National champion will lock horns with 2010 Asian Games gold-medallist Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan.


Image: Mandeep Jangra (right) with Indian national boxing coach GS Sandhu
Photographs: IBF Media

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But there was disappointment for Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) in the semi-finals of the light welterweight division.

Pitted against Olympic bronze-medallist Uranchimegiin Monkh-Erdene, Kumar gave his opponent a run for his money but came up short against the Mongolian in what was a fight to the finish. He will have to be content with a bronze medal performance from the tournament.

National Coach GS Sandhu was extremely pleased with the performance of all the four boxers in the semi-finals.

"All the three boys who have made it to the finals have shown great skill throughout the tournament. They have faced some tough opponents and have proved their mettle to make it to the championship round," he said.

"Even Manoj fought very well against a well renowned pugilist, there was not much separating the two till the very end, but is fair to say he lost to a better boxer," he added.


Image: Manoj Kumar (left) with Indian boxing coach Blas Fernandez
Photographs: IBF Media

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