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Boxers Bishwamitra, Vishal win gold at ASBC Asian championship

Dubai, August 30 (UNI): Indian boxers Bishwamitra Chongtham and Vishal put up a splendid show to clinch the gold medals at the 2021 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships here on Monday.

Other Indian boxers in action in the youth men’s category, Vishvanath Suresh, Vanshaj and Jaydeep Rawat, ended their campaigns with silver medals after losing their respective summit clashes.

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Living up to the favourites’ tag, the World Youth Championships medallist Bishwamitra defeated Uzbekistan’s Kuziboev Ahmadjon 4-1 in the men’s 51kg final to hand India its first gold in the youth event at the on-going championships.

The Indian boxer showed an effective defensive technique and graceful footwork against the Uzbek boxer in a match which saw both the pugilists trading some heavy blows.

However, Bishwamitra kept his cool throughout the match and hit some precise punches before clinching the gold.

Playing in the 80kg final, Vishal too produced a dominating performance against Kyrgyzstan’s Akmatov Sanzhar.

Vishal looked in good touch throughout the match as he started with an aggressive approach and hardly gave any opportunity to his opponent to score before securing an easy 5-0 win and handing India its second gold in the youth event.

Meanwhile, Vishvanath (48kg) and Vanshaj (64kg) suffered defeats by unanimous margin against their respective strong opponents.

Vishvanath went down fighting against the reigning youth world champion Sanzar Tashkenbay of Kazakhstan while Vanshaj lost to the Youth World Championships silver medallist Yernur Suyunbay of Kazakhstan.

On the other hand, Jaydeep lost his bout by RSC verdict against the Uzbek boxer Abdullaev Alokhon.

Later tonight, Nivedita Karki (48kg), Tamanna (50kg), Simran Verma (52kg), Neha (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Preeti Dahiya (60kg), Khushi (63kg), Sneha Kumari (66kg), Khushi (75kg) and Tanishbir Kaur Sandhu (81kg) will fight for gold in the women’s category.

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