Vijender finishes with bronze in President’s Cup boxing

May 31st, 2008 - 12:28 am ICT by admin  


New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) India’s lone hope Vijender had to contend with a bronze in the President’s Cup boxing tournament after going down to Thailand’s Angkhan Chomphuphu in a controversial semifinal bout in Sinjhuang City, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). Vijender lost 10-14 to Chomphuphu even as the Indian team complained about the “unfair” tactics of the opponent.

Angkhan got two warnings during the bout for constant blocking and evasion. The Indian team did not take it lightly, registering a complaint with AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu.

Vijender, the bronze medallist of Doha Asian Games, had beaten Olympic champion Bakhtiyar Artyev in the quarterfinals to make it to the last four and was the favourite to win the title-bout.

Vijender fought neck and neck and trailed by one point for two rounds before Angkhan took the bout away in the last couple of rounds.

Four other Indian pugilists had bowed out at different stages of the event which is being competed only by Olympic qualified boxers.

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