Indian boxers continued to excel at the 21st President’s Cup International Boxing Tournament with Asian Games silver medallist V Santosh Kumar (64kg) and Jasveer Singh (81kg) making a place in the semi-finals in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday. Both the boxers are now assured of at least taking a bronze home from this event. With 18-year-old Gaurav Bidhuri having already secured his berth in the last four of the light fly weight division on Tuesday, the total number of medals assured for India has gone up to three.
Jasveer, playing in the light heavy weight category, was up against Olympian boxer Mohammad Shourain of Iran. After the opening three minutes the scores were tied at 4 all. Jasveer took one-point lead to make it 8-7 after the second. But the final round saw the former national champion make a mockery of his opponent, amassing 12 points as opposed to the Iranians 5. In the end he outdid Shourain with a score of 20-12. He will now take on Commonwealth Games quarter finalist Australian Damien Hooper in the semis.
In the second phase of bouts on Tuesday, Santosh continue to ride his purple patch as he too notched up a splendid victory over local lad Ardan Bachtila, in the Men's light welter weight division. The reigning national champion attacked from the get go and took a quick 5:1 lead in the first round. The Indonesian covered some ground in the second but the third once again belonged to the Indian as he went on to secure his semi-final berth with a 15:7 win on points. His next clash will be with Masatsugu Kawachi of Japan.
However, it was a bad day at office for SAF games gold medallist Chhote Lal Yadav as he lost the bantam weight quarterfinals to China's Xu Bia Xiang in what turned out to be a thrilling contest. Chhote Lal who was leading after the second round could not benefit from the lead and lost the advantage. The Chinese boxer came back strongly in third and won by a slender one point lead 14:13.
Coach Jagdeep Hooda was happy with the team’s performance and said, “The boys fought really well, especially Jasveer, he displayed exceptional prowess in the ring. Chhote Lal too put up a good fight unfortunately he finished up on the losing end”.