Reigning Youth National Champion, Surender Singh (75kg) powered through to the semi-finals of the on-going 2011Youth Commonwealth Games in the Isle of Mann. Playing in the middle weight category; the 17 year old carried forward his good form, from the recently concluded Cuban Youth Olympics, where he bagged a gold medal. Up against Nathan Thorley of Wales, the Indian boxer was in exceptional touch. With the help of some exquisite combinations and nifty footwork, the two times Youth National Champion secured a berth in the round of four. He defeated the Welsh boxing on points 21:15 to set up a semi-final clash with Grant Quigley of Scotland. With this victory Surender has assured himself of at least a bronze medal finish.
The Indian boxing team is now sure of returning home with at least two bronze medals, with Rahul Poonia also have made it to the semi-finals in the light weight division. Also a gold medal winner at the 2011 Cuban Youth Olympics, the 16 year old edged past his Malawi opponent Israel Kammwamba to make to the round of four.
Sumit Sangwan?s campaign at the Youth Commonwealth Games came to an abrupt end, as he ended up on the losing side of his quarter-final bout. A current national champion and a silver medallist at last year?s Asian Youth Men?s Boxing Championship, Sumit was up against Jack Massey of England. Playing in the light heavy weight category, Sumit opened strongly and was matching the English boxer punch for punch. In the end though Massey took a crucial lead of two points, the Indian tried hard to get back in the game but he came up short. He lost 13:15 on points.