Bishwamitra Chongtham and two other Indians in finals at Asian Youth Boxing Championships
New Delhi, August 28, 2021
Bishwamitra Chongtham (51kg), Vishvanath Suresh (48kg) and Jaydeep Rawat (71kg) chalked out contrasting victories to make it to the finals at the ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships in Dubai on Saturday.
With these three entering the final, India will now have five men fighting for gold in the youth men’s section. Vanshaj (63.5kg) and Vishal (80kg) had already secured their place in the final.
Meanwhile, Daksh (67kg), Deepak (75kg), Abhimanyu (92kg), and Aman Singh Bisht (92+kg) settled for bronze after ending their campaign in the semis.
In the women’s section, 10 girls will be playing in the final. They are Nivedita (48kg), Tamanna (50kg), Simran (52kg), Neha (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Preeti Dahiya (60kg), Khushi (63kg), Sneha (66kg), Khushi (75kg), and Tanishbir (81kg).
Lashu Yadav (70kg) bagged the bronze medal.
World Youth medalist Chongtham dominated Tajikistan’s Abdurakhmonzoda Akarali on his way to the final. The sharp and diminutive boxer displayed his speed and skill throughout the bout and played on the counter to secure an easy 5-0 win. He will face Kuziboev Ahmadjon of Uzbekistan in the final.
In the light-flyweight semi-final, Suresh (48kg) overwhelmed Brunei’s Sayed Fadel. Suresh had a tough start in the first round but after gauging his opponent’s strategy, he came back strongly in the remaining rounds and played from a distance to convincingly win the bout 5-0.
He will square off against Kazakhstan’s Sanzar Tashenbay in the final.
In one of the closest semi-final bouts of the day, Rawat (71kg) faced Murasebekov Bekbol of Kyrgyzstan. The bout witnessed a lot of mighty blows from both sides and a lot of clinching in what was a high-intensity attacking affair.
Throwing caution to the wind, Rawat decided to go for an all-out attack in the last round and landed more clear punches to nail a 3-2 split victory. He will face a tough challenge from Abdullaev Alokhon of Uzbekistan in the final.
On the other hand, Deepak (75kg) suffered a 1-4 defeat against Kazakhstan’s Bakbergen Aliaskarov in the semi-final. In the 70kg women’s semi-final, Lashu Yadav lost 0-5 to Gaukhar Shaibekova of Kazakhstan.
All the final matches in the junior category will take place on Sunday and the youth finals will be played on Monday.