New Delhi, Mar. 1:
In a stellar display, Indian boxers collected a rich haul of 8 medals, including one gold, five silver and two bronze to finish their campaign on a high at the Makran Cup boxing tournament in Chabahar, Iran on Wednesday.
Three times Youth Nationals winner, Haryana’s Deepak won the only gold for India, beating Jaafar Naseri in the (46-49kg) light fly category summit clash. With a flurry of punches, the reigning senior national champion, Deepak looked on top of his game as he never allowed his opponent to settle in.
However, the young pugilist met with disappointment when he received a cut in the second round and the match had to be stopped midway. Despite the setback, Deepak’s dominant display didn’t go unnoticed and the judges declared the Indian as the winner, based on his superior performance on points.
Finishing second on the podium were P Lalitha Prasad (52kg), Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Manish Kaushik (60kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), Sanjeet (91kg) and Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg).
Manish, also a national champion, lost to Danial Shah Baksha, while Satish was beaten by Mohammad Mlias.
Sanjeet, a gold-medallist at the India Open last year, went down to Eldin Ghossoun in his final bout.
Prasad couldn’t put it past Omid Safa Ahmedi and settled for the second position.
Duryodhan lost to Sajjad Zadeh Kezim in the welterweight final.
Earlier, Rohit Tokas (64kg) and Manjeet Singh Panghal (75kg) lost in the semifinals to sign off with bronze medals.