New Delhi: India was assured of at least three bronze medals at the World junior boxing championships after the troika of Sandeep (46kg), Namit Bahadur (50kg) and Shiva Thapa (52kg) advanced to the semifinals with contrasting wins in Yerevan, Armenia on Wednesday.

However, there was some disappointment as well with Gaurav Bidhuri crashing out of the light flyweight category following a 4-8 loss to Bagdat Uaidayev of Kazakhstan.

Sandeep was the first to take the ring for India today against Aliaksei Hohleu of Belarus. The Indian started off cautiously with the opening round ending 1-1. Sandeep went on the offensive in the second round and notched up eight points against Hohleu’s two. With a cushion of seven points, Sandeep didn’t toil much in the third round and secured the bout 11-3.

Namit then ensured the second medal for India with a hard-fought 7-5 win over Turkey’s Bulut Haykir. The Indian led 3-1 in the first round but Haykir fought back to reduce the gap and make it 5-4 in the second round.

In an edge-of-the-seat third round, Namit nosed ahead with a couple of scoring blows.

Shiva, on the other hand, had an easy bout against Makhlin Stanislav of Israel. The Manipuri was leading 5-1 before landing a hard right hook to leave Makhlin’s nose bleeding which prompted the referee to stop the contest in the first round itself. — PTI

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