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Asian Youth & Junior Boxing: Indians enter medal round

August 22, 2021 17:05 IST

India's Deepak celebrates after winning his bout to reach the semi-final of the ASBC Youth and Junior Boxing Championship in Dubai on Sunday  

IMAGE: India's Deepak celebrates after winning his bout to reach the semi-final of the ASBC Youth and Junior Boxing Championship in Dubai on Sunday. Photograph: Twitter

India's Bishwamitra Chongtham (51kg) sailed into the semi-finals along with three of his compatriots, assuring themselves of at least a bronze medal at the ASBC Youth and Junior Boxing Championships in Dubai on Sunday.

Bishwamitra, a World Youth Championships bronze medallist, proved too strong for Kenzhe Muratul of Kazakhstan as he showed swift movement and technical prowess to secure an easy 5-0 win.

 

Abhimanyu Loura (92kg), Deepak (75kg) and Preeti (57kg) were the other Indians to reach the semis.

In the middleweight quarter-final, Deepak, up against Iraq's Dhurgham Karim, dominated the proceedings from the word go. He landed a flurry of punches on his opponent in the third round, forcing the referee to stop the contest.

National champion Abhimanyu from Haryana also moved into the last four after defeating Kyrgyzstan's Tenibekov Sanjar in a one-sided affair.

The lanky Indian was declared winner with Referee Stopping the Contest (RSC) in the second round of the bout.

In the women's section, Preeti advanced after outwitting Mongolia's Tugsjargal Nomin with a victory via RSC verdict in the second round of the match.

Aditya Janghu (86kg) was the lone Indian to lose on the second day when he lost to Kazakhstan's Temrlan Mukatayev in the quarter-final bout.

On the third day, six Indian boxers will be seen in action.

Krish Pal (46kg), Ashish (54kg), Anshul (57kg), Preet Malik (63kg) and Bharat Joon (81+kg) will play their respective quarter-finals, while Gaurav Saini (70kg) will fight in the semi-finals.

The on-going Asian Championships will provide the much-needed competition to the promising young talents at the Asian level after a gap of almost two years – time lost due to the pandemic.

The gold medallists in the youth age group will receive prize money of $US6,000 while silver and bronze medallists will claim $US 3,000 and $US1,500 respectively.

However, the junior champions will be awarded with $US4,000 and $US2,000 and $US1,000 for silver and bronze medallists respectively.

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