Boxing: India’s Deepak Kumar defeated reigning Olympic and world champion Shakhobiddin Zoirov of Uzbekistan 4-1 in the semi-final of the Strandja Memorial tournament on Friday.
Strandja Memorial Boxing: India’s Deepak Kumar stuns Olympic champion Zoirov (Photo Courtesy: Boxing Federation of India)
- India’s Deepak Kumar pulls off one of the biggest wins of his career
- Olympic and world champion Shakhobiddin Zoirov falls in the semi-final
- Deepak, an Asian silver-medalist, came up with a 4-1 win over more fancied Zoirov
India’s Deepak Kumar pulled off one of the most memorable victories of his career on Friday as he stunned reigning Olympic and world champion Shakhobiddin Zoirov of Uzbekistan to make it to the final of 52kg final at the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Deepak, an Asian silver-medalist, came up with a 4-1 win over more fancied Zoirov, who had claimed the 2019 world championship title beating India’s Amit Panghal. Zoirov is also a silver-medallist from the Asian Games and the championships.
In the quarterfinals on Thursday, Deepak defeated Bulgaria’s Darislav Vasilev 5-0.
‘s Deepak stuns Olympic champion & ‘s Shakhobidin Zoirov to enter finals of 72nd Strandja Memorial Cup. He defeated the 2019 Asian Champion 4:1 in a scintillating face off to cause a major upset in the 52kg.Let’s get the GOLD@AjaySingh_SG @KirenRijiju pic.twitter.com/yziLElImz1
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) February 26, 2021
However, former youth world champion Jyoti Gulia (51kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg) bowed out of the women’s competition. With their loss, India’s challenge in the women’s draw came 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.
Earlier in the competition, Naveen Boora (69kg) made the semifinals by defeating Brazil’s Eravio Edson in his quarterfinal bout.
He will be up against Asian Games gold-medallist Bobo-Usmon Baturov in his last-four-stage bout.
India won three medals at the previous edition of the event (one silver and two bronze).
(With PTI inputs)