One gold for India in Azerbaijan boxing tourney
Reigning junior national champion Aman Indora (56kg) clinched India's only gold as the country finished third in the tournament.
New Delhi: Reigning junior national champion Aman Indora (56kg) clinched India's only gold as the country finished third in the A Agalarov Cup youth boxing tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 18-year-old defeated Uzbek boxer Abdujabbarov Azizbek 4-1 in the final to bag the top honours and that too in his very first international tournament.
A Silambarasan (52kg) and Kailash Gill (75kg) also made the final but had to settle for silver medals after losing to their respective opponents. Abhishek Beniwal (81kg) was the fourth Indian boxer to clinch a medal at the tournament -- a bronze after losing in the round of four. Indora qualified for the finals after registering a brilliant victory over local lad Orkhan Aliyev of the Azerbaijan A team.
The Haryana state junior champion was elated with his performance and stated, "It was a very exciting tournament and I am very happy with the way I fought throughout. I am thankful to my coaches for helping me prepare well and win the gold medal."
Silambarasan, who recently won the gold at the 2012 Indo-Sri Lanka Duel Boxing Championship in Colombo, lost 2-3 to Yusifuda Masud of Azerbaijan.
Gill, a former junior national champion, lost 0-5 to Zakirov Roman of Uzbekistan. Out of the six Indian boxers that participated in the event, four were able to manage a podium finish.