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Gutsy Satish Kumar goes down to World champ Jalolov

Source: PTI
August 01, 2021 10:16 IST
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India's Satish Kumar exchanges punches with Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov (Red) during the Olympics men's Super Heavyweight (+91kg) quarter-final

IMAGE: India's Satish Kumar exchanges punches with Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov (Red) during the Olympics men's Super-Heavyweight (+91kg) quarter-final, at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, on Sunday. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/ Pool/Getty Images

A bruised Satish Kumar (+91kg) put up a gutsy performance against reigning World champion Bakhodir Jalolov but it was not enough to upstage the rampaging Uzbek and the Indian boxer made a quarter-final exit from the Olympic Games on Sunday.

 

Going into the bout with multiple stitches on his forehead and chin after sustaining cuts in the pre-quarters, Satish lost 0-5, but the scoreline was not reflective of his brave performance.

Satish sustained two cuts during his pre-quarter-final showdown against Jamaica's Ricardo Brown.

The 32-year-old Army man stood his ground, occasionally managed to land a shot with his right hand but Jalolov dominated the proceedings all through, relying on his imposing demeanour and excellent counter-attacking game to sail through.

Satish's forehead cut expectedly opened up during the third round but he fought through even with that.

Jalolov, a 27-year-old footballer-turned-boxer, acknowledged his opponent’s  bravery at the end of the bout after securing his maiden Olympic Games medal.

Satish had earlier scripted history by just qualifying for the Games as he was the first super heavyweight from India to achieve the feat.

Jalolov is also a three-time Asian champion, all those gold medals coming in succession to him since 2017.

With this defeat the Indian men's boxing campaign came to an end at the Games.

Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) remains the lone pugilist in the fray after having made the semi-finals to secure India's first and only boxing medal of the ongoing edition.

On Saturday, it was a major disappointment for India when world number one Amit Panghal (52kg) bowed out of the event following a 1-4 loss to Rio Games silver-medallist Yuberjen Martinez of Colombia.

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