It was a strong show by the Indian contingent at Asian Boxing Championship 2017 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan as 4 Indians bag medals and qualified for World Championships.
Shiva Thapa (60kg) wrote his name in the history books by becoming the first Indian to win three consecutive medals at the Asian Boxing Championships in as many editions. However, the achievement turned sour with a defeat in the finals against local favourite Elnur Abduraimov, forcing the Indian to settle for silver. He sustained a cut during the first round of bout and the referee stopped the match.
Like Thapa, Sumit Sangwan (91kg) tasted defeat in the finals against the Rio Olympic silver medallist Vassilliy Levit of Kazakhstan.
Thapa, who shifted to lightweight category in December last year, followed his gold (2013) and bronze (2015) by a silver this year.
The 23-year-old, on his course to finals, defeated Olympic bronze medallist, Asian Games gold medallist and top seed Dorjnyambuu Otgondalai of Mongolia on Friday, during which he also sustained a cut above his eye.
With silver medal finish today, Shiva and Sumit both qualified for the World Championships to be held in August-September in Hamburg, Germany.
Vikas Krishan won a Bronze in Men’s 75kg category, and Amit Phangal won Bronze in Men’s 49kg category – both qualified for World Championships.
The Indian contingent also witnessed some disappointing results with Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) losing his World Championship quota fight against Ryomei Tanaka of Japan and Manish Panwar (81kg) went down to Pakistan’s Awais Ali Khan. Both boxers lost out on an opportunity to qualify for the World Championships.
3 more Indian boxers – Kavinder Singh (52 kg), Manoj Kumar (60 kg) & Satish Kumar (+91 kg) are in contention of World Championship quota and will fight for it today.
Top 6 boxers in each category qualify for the World Championships.