Indian youth boxers Dheeraj Singh (52kg) and LP Prasad (49kg) gave a good account of their boxing skills as they made it to the finals of the 33rd International Tammer Tournament in Tampere, Finland on Saturday (20 Oct 2012). The two 17 year olds triumphed over their respective rivals in the round of four to make it to the championship round of the competition. While Dheeraj overpowered Charlie Edwards of England in an enthralling contest, Prasad drubbed Welsh boxer Ashley Williams in another spirited performance. With this victory the two Indian pugilists are assured of at least a silver medal finish from the tournament.
In the semi-finals of the fly weight division Dheeraj, a bronze medal winner at the 2011 Agalarov Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, was in top form as he took the fight to the English boxers right from the word go. Edwards, last years’ silver medallist and 2011 European Championships bronze medallist was found wanting against the Indian’s aggressive start. With the help of some quick fire jabs and nifty footwork Dheeraj took a 7-4 lead after the opening three minutes of play. The second round belonged to Edwards, who came back strongly with his two-phased attacks. But Dheeraj was not far behind and managed to maintain an overall two point lead with his sharp counter attacks (12-10). In the final round he took the game away from Edwards with his superior power play and finally won the bout with a score of (19-14). The manner of his victory over the English man was clinical and will stand him in good stead as he prepares for the final round of the event. “He is a strong boxer but I went at him in the first round which put him on the back foot and I did not lose the advantage thereafter. In the end it was a good fight and I am happy to have won it”, expressed an elated Dheeraj after the semi-final win. In the final round he will lock horns with Elie Konki of France.
In the penultimate round of the light fly weight division Prasad, a multiple Junior National Champion, had to dig deep against his Welsh opponent. Both the boxers started strong but Prasad, with his accurate attack and solid defence, managed to squeeze in a slender one point lead after the first round (6-5). The second round was a similar story and once again the 17 year old Indian won the round with 6-5. He went on to cement his place in the finals with a 17:14 victory in the end. The finals will see him take on Jack Bateson of England.
Earlier in the tournament MD Hussam (56kg) lost out in closely fought bantam weight quarter-final against Abdul Majid Omar of Sweden while Deepak Tanwar (64kg) went down against Batyrzhan Jukembayev of Kazakastan in the light welter weight round of eight.