Two-time National champion Jasveer Singh (81kg) was assured of at least a bronze medal without even stepping into the ring on a mixed day for Indian boxers in the AIBA 3 Star China Cup in Guiyang city on Monday.

Two of the three Indian pugilists in action lost their bouts but not before putting up a valiant fight against their more fancied rivals.

Olympian Diwakar Prasad (60kg), who is making a comeback to the ring after more then two years in the wilderness, was the one who emerged winner beating Germany's Eugen Burhard 3-2 in a hard-fought contest to enter the quarterfinals.

However, there was heartbreak for S. Santhosh Singh (54kg) and Lakhbir Singh (64kg) both of whom lost by a whisker, Indian Boxing Federation Secretary-General P.K. Muralidharan Raja told PTI from Guiyang.

Up against Russia's Vladimir Nikitin, Santhosh went down 2-3 despite a spirited late fight after being down 0-2 in the first round.

Lakhbir's was an even tougher contest and after being down 2-3 at the end of the second round, he bounced back to make it 3-3 in the final three minutes against Russian Adlan Abdur Rashidov.

The 20-year-old Indian was tied 7-7 in the countback as well but ended up on the losing side after three of the five judges declared Rashidov the better of the two boxers.

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