Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament: India's Deepak Kumar beats Bulgaria's Darislav Vasilev to enter semi-finals

Deepak defeated Bulgaria's Darislav Vasilev 5-0 to make the last-four stage and assure India of a second medal at the event.

Press Trust of India February 26, 2021 11:40:36 IST
Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament: India's Deepak Kumar beats Bulgaria's Darislav Vasilev to enter semi-finals

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New Delhi: Asian silver-winner Deepak Kumar (52kg) entered the semi-finals with a comfortable win to be assured of a medal and a clash with reigning Olympic and world champion Shakhobiddin Zoirov at the 72nd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Deepak defeated Bulgaria's Darislav Vasilev 5-0 to make the last-four stage and assure India of a second medal at the event.

Zoirov, also a silver-medallist at the Asian Games and the championships, claimed a facile 5-0 win over American Anthony Herrera.

However, it was a largely disappointing day for the Indians with former youth world champion Jyoti Gulia (51kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg) bowing out of the women's competition.

With their loss, India's challenge in the women's draw has come to an end without anyone managing to secure a medal.

Manjeet Singh (+91kg), in the men's draw, also made his exit from the tournament.

Gulia, who defeated two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay in the quarter-finals, went down 0-5 to Romania's Lacramioara Perijoc. Kachari also lost by the same margin to American Naomi Graham. Manjeet was beaten by Armenia's Gurgen Hovhannisyan.

Earlier in the competition, Naveen Boora (69kg) made the semi-finals by defeating Brazil's Eravio Edson in his quarter-final bout. India won three medals at the previous edition of the event (one silver and two bronze).

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