Ulaanbaatar Cup: Devendro Singh, Ankush Dahiya enter final on mixed day for Indian boxers
Devendro defeated Mongolia's Gandulam Mungun-Erdene in a unanimous verdict, while Ankush got the better of Russia's Radna Tsibikov in a split decision.
New Delhi: Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (52kg) advanced to the final along with the young Ankush Dahiya (60kg) on another mixed day for Indian boxers at the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia on Saturday.
Devendro defeated Mongolia's Gandulam Mungun-Erdene in a unanimous verdict, while Ankush, a former Asian youth silver-medallist, got the better of Russia's Radna Tsibikov in a split decision.
However, three others – K Shyam Kumar (49kg), Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg) and Priyanka Chaudhary (60kg) – lost their respective semi-final bouts to settle for bronze medals.
In Sunday's final bouts, Devendro, putting up his best performance of the year so far, will be up against Indonesia's Aldoms Suguro.
The 25-year-old former Asian silver-medallist has looked sharp in the tournament with improved fitness making quite a difference to his performance.
The 19-year-old Ankush, on the other hand, will fight it out with Korean Man Choe Chol. This is Ankush's second international tournament since making the transition from youth to elite level late last year.
Shyam Kumar, a gold-medallist from this year's King's Cup in Thailand, lost a split verdict to Filipino Rogen Ladon.
Hussamuddin was beaten by Mongolia's Bat-Ochir Tumurkhuyag in his semi-final bout.
In the women's draw, Priyanka lost to Korea's Hye Song Choe.
Britain's Joshua, 31, tipped the scales at 240 pounds (109 kilograms), with the Ukrainian challenger coming in at a career-high 221.25 pounds.
In a letter addressed to AIBA President Umar Kremlev, IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper said the Olympic body's Executive Board has asked him and its Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer to "follow up" on the situation.
Joshua is set to face World Boxing Organization (WBO) mandatory challenger Usyk in London on Saturday, with a crowd of some 60,000 expected at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the home of the Premier League club.