President’s Cup boxing: Santosh Kumar enters final, bronze for Bidhuri

July 7th, 2011 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, July 7 (IANS) Teenager V. Santosh Kumar (64kg) made it to the finals of the President’s Cup boxing here Thursday while Lakhbir Singh (69 kg) eased into the last four.

Gaurav Bidhuri, however, had to settle for a bronze after losing his semifinal bout to Ian Clark Bautista of the Philipines 5:12.

Santosh Kumar, a silver medallist at the Asian Games, defeated Masatsugu Kawachi of Japan 12:9 in the semi-finals. The Indian started well in the opening round, taking a slender one point lead after the opening three minutes (2:1). He soon made it a two point lead after the second (5:3). In the third, Kawachi matched Santosh punch for punch, but the reigning national champion held on to advance to the summit clash where he will lock horns with Malinin Alexander of Russia.

Lakhbir delivered another power packed performance to trounce Truong Dinh Hong of Vietnam 27:9 with his opponent retiring in third round. He will now take on Russain Kunkov Alexander in the next round.

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