India’s hope of bagging a gold at the 2011 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships were dashed as 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Amandeep Singh (49kg) ended on the losing side of the Championship battle against Shin Jong Hun of South Korea. The 25 year old, who will have to be content with a silver medal, was the lone Indian to have made it to the finals of the championship. He beat Asylbek Nazaraliev of Kyrgyzstan in a hard fought encounter to set up a summit clash with local lad Jong Hun.
Shin a, bronze medallist at the 2009 AIBA World Championship, made an aggressive start, not giving Amandeep many chances to score, but the Indian pugilists managed throw in a few straight punches, to be close on heals of Shin. After the opening three minutes of action the Amandeep was down a point at 4:5. He tried hard to gain the advantage but failed to connect; Shin though, kept increasing the margin with his body blows and short jabs. In the end Amandeep lost the yellow metal by an 11:18 defeat on points.
Earlier in the tournament, 2010 Commonwealth Champion Paramjeet Samota (91kg) and 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist Balwinder Beniwal (64kg) had to settle for a bronze medal finish after losing in the round of four in their respective weight category. Samota, a bronze medallist at the Guangzhou Asian Game, playing in the heavy weight class suffered defeat at the hands of 21 year old Xuanxuan Wang of China, while Balwinder went down against Munkherdene Vranchimeg of Mongolia. India ended the Asian Championships with one silver and two bronze medals.