Samota, Amandeep in Asian Boxing semifinals

New Delhi: Commonwealth champion Paramjeet Samota (91kg), CWG bronze medallist Amandeep Singh (49kg) advanced to the semi-finals of the 2011 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Incheon South Korea on Monday.

But there was disappointment for the Indian camp as three other boxers lost in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Asian Games silver medallist Dinesh Kumar (81kg), Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and national champion Kuldeep Singh (75kg) bowed out of the tournament after losing to their respective opponents.

Samota, paying in the heavyweight division was up against local lad Chan Yeong Jeon. The Indian continued his winning streak as he went on to beat the South Korean 18:15 on points.

The Guangzhou Asian Game gold medallist, with the help of some hard hitting uppercuts and left hooks took a commanding three point lead in the first round. The second though belonged to the Korean boxers who won it 5:4.

But the Indian came back in the third and won the contest, securing his semi-final berth. Samota will now take on Xuanxuan Wang of China on August 11.

In the light fly weight division, compatriot Amandeep did not have an easy outing in his quarter-final bout. Up against Jinyong Jiang of China, the 2007 Asian championship bronze medallist Indian had to dig deep to edge past the Chinese boxer.

After the opening three minutes of play, the scores was levelled at 2-2. But in the second round, the 25-year-old Indian took a crucial one point lead to make it 7:6.

In final round, Jiang tried hard to gain back the advantage, but the Indian held on to secure his place in the semi-finals of the championships with a 13:12 victory.

In the semifinals, he will lock horns with Asylbek Nazaraliev of Kyrgyzstan also on the 11th. Paramjeet and Amandeep are now assured of at least of a bronze medal finish from the competition.

But the day did not turn out so well for Dinesh Kumar, who was participating in his opening bout of the Championships after getting a bye in the first round.

The 22-year-old Indian boxer was completely at bay against Arman Rysbek of Kazakhstan. The strong Kazakh boxer dominated throughout the bout, never allowing Dinesh to get back in the game. In the end a 13:24 loss brought Dinesh`s Asian Championship campaign to an end.

2009 Asian Championship silver medallist Jai Bhagwan, playing in the light weight category, also suffered a similar fate as he went down to Madadi Nagzibekov of Tajikistan. He lost 16:26 on points.

Kuldeep Singh too had a bad day at office. Playing in the middle weight class, he lost to Yu-Ting Yang Chinese Taipei 15:10 on points.


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