Indian boxers confident of a good show in World Cup

December 2nd, 2008 - 8:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) After an inspiring show at the Olympics, Indian boxers sans Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh will be back in action in the World Cup in Moscow starting Dec 9.Beijing quarterfinalists Akhil Kumar (51kg) and Jitender Kumar (57kg) along with Antharesh Lakra (57kg) and Dinesh Kumar (91kg) will carry the Indian hopes as Vijender decided to opt out due to a back injury.

National coach G.S. Sandhu said the boys are high on confidence but it will be a tough competition as other teams have studied the Indian boxers well.

“Unfortunately, we did not get much time to practice after the Beijing Games. But the boys are brimming with confidence after the performance in the Olympics,” Sandhu told IANS here Tuesday.

“World’s top-eight boxers will compete here. So it is going to be a tough challenge for us,” Sandhu added.

The coach said they have studied the techniques of the opponents during the camp in Patiala.

“Earlier, our opponents did not have much knowledge about Indian boxers. After the Olympics, everyone has taken note of us. I can tell you our opponents are also studying us,” Sandhu said.

Akhil, who lost to a Moldovan in the Olympic quarterfinals after upsetting World Champion in the previous round, said that he is confident to atone for the loss at the Beijing Games.

“There is expectations from us now and we will give our best. I am confident of doing well in Moscow,” he said.

“The cold will be a factor and we are going some days ahead to acclimatise to the conditions.”

The team will leave late Tuesday night for the tournament.

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