Amit Panghal, Kavinder Bisht, Sanjeet Enter Finals, Shiva Thapa Gets Bronze in France
Indian boxers Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) advanced to the finals of the Alexis Vastine International Tournament in Nantes, France after contrasting victories.
World championships silver-medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) is also through to the finals after beating American Christopher Herrera in a draw that only featured four boxers.
Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63kg) took home the bronze after going down in his semi-final clash to local favourite Lounes Hamraoui in a 2-1 decision on Thursday.
Kavinder, an Asian championships silver-medallist and a former world championship quarterfinalist, defeated Frenchman Benik George Melkumian 3-0 to set up a summit clash against another local hope Samuel Kistohurry.
Sanjeet, a gold-medallist from the India Open, got the better of American Sherrod Fulghm in a 2-1 verdict. Sanjeet will also be up against a French opponent, Soheb Bouafia in the final.
This is the first international competition that Indian boxers are featuring in since the Olympic qualifiers in Jordan in March.
The Indians are currently on a training trip to Europe during which they have been primarily based in Assisi, Italy.