Madan Lal?s hope of making it to the finals of the 2nd Shaheed Benazir Bhutto International Boxing Tournament were dashed as the silver medal winner at the 2011 Tammer Cup, ended on the losing side against Pakistan?s Mohammad Waseem in the semi-finals of the 52kg category. The 20 year old, who will have to be content with a bronze medal, was the lone Indian to have made it to the semi-finals of the championship.
Madan advanced to the penultimate round with an impressive victory over 2010 Commonwealth Bronze Medallist Haroon Khan of Pakistan, the younger brother of WBA and IBF World Light Welterweight Champion, Amir Khan. The reigning national champion in the fly weight division made meal of his more experienced opponent as he plundered his way in the round of four with a 23:16 victory on points. In the finals though, he came up short against Waseem playing for the Pakistan A team. Waseem also a bronze medal winner at the 2010 Commonwealth games in the light fly weight division took a crucial lead of six points in the first round, catching the Indian off guard. Madan strived hard to come back in the second and third, but the Pakistani boxer held on to the advantage, finally beating him by virtue of points 12:19. ?It was a very tough match compared to the earlier one. He (Waseem) took a sizable lead in the first round; I tried hard to get back in the game, but could not penetrate his defence repeatedly and in the end I lost?, said Madan. Talking about the tournament he further stated, ?This tournament has been a good learning experience for me and my performance here has certainly motivated me to do better in the future?.
This young lad from Haryana has shown great promise and a steady growth in the domestic as well as the international arena. He successfully defended his senior national title at the Sahara 58th National Boxing Championships earlier this month along with a gold medal in the 5th Super Cup at Mumbai in April this year. With the likes of 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Suranjoy Singh and bronze medal winner at the Giraldo C?rdova Cardin boxing tournament in Cuba Santosh Harijan in his weight category, Lal got only a couple of opportunities for international exposure this year and has made the most of it. With two medals from as many international tournaments, Madan?s performance makes him a viable choice for future tournaments and is also a testament to the kind boxing talent that stems from the state of Haryana.
Earlier in the tournament Indian heavyweight boxers Parminder Singh (81kg) and Narender (91kg) also lost their respective quarter-final bouts. Parminder could not match up to the powerful punching of Iranian boxer Majid Hajabbasi and suffered a knockout defeat in the second round of the bout. But it was a fight to the finish when Narender took on Nadir Khan of Pakistan. There was not much separating the two boxers during the nine minutes of play. In the end though, Narender lost to the Pakistani boxer by one point (8:7).