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Indian pugilists keep medal hopes bright

619   //    16 Mar 2010, 02:26 IST

Vijender, Suranjoy, Dinesh and Samota reach finals

New Delhi, March 15: Some great punches with super swift moves were the highlight of the day for the Indian boxing contingent today. Olympic medallist Vijender Singh along with team mates Suranjoy Singh, Dinesh Kumar and Parmjeet Samota kept the Indian medal hopes alive as they surged their way to the finals of the fifth Commonwealth Boxing Championship 2010 being held at the world class state of the art Talkatora boxing stadium.

Suranjoy Singh

The championship which has a participation of over 100 boxers from 14 countries will culminate on the 17th of March 2010. The first win of the day from the Indian contingent was earned by Suranjoy Singh in the Fly 52 Kg category when he defeated Andrew Selby from Wales. The round which ended at a score of 4:0 in Suranjoy’s favour was thoroughly dominated by the Indian. The second Indian bout of the day was of Vijender Singh against Selemani Kidunda of Tanzania in the Middle 75 Kg category.

The bout which saw a lot of aggression from both the boxers finally ended in Vijender’s favour when the referee stopped the contest with 28 seconds to spare in the final round. “It feels good to reach the finals and I wish to end my gold drought with this championship,” said Vijender after his win. The second last Indian bout of the day was in the Light Heavy 81 kg category, where Dinesh Kumar was against Leonard Machichi of Tanzania. The fate of this bout was also similar to the one as of Vijender’s bout. This bout ended in Dinesh’s favour after the refree stopped the contest on the basis of the Tanzanian boxer being outclassed by the former with 14 seconds to spare in the final round.

The last Indian bout was in the Super Heavy +91 kg category where Paramjeet Samota faced Scottish boxer Ross Henderson. The bout ended in Samota’s favour with a score of 5:2. With this al Indian boxers who took the ring today have moved to the finals of the fifth Commonwealth boxing Championships. The finals are scheduled for day after on the 17th of March 2010.

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