Defending champion Shiva Thapa, second seed Vikas Krishan and the fast-rising L Devendro Singh booked medals and World Championship berths by advancing to the semifinals on a mixed day for India at the Asian Championships here on Tuesday.
Defending champion Shiva Thapa (56kg) and previous edition's silver-medallist Laishram Devendro (49kg) notched up contrasting victories as they advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Boxing Championships here on Sunday.
Defending champion Shiva Thapa (56kg) was among the six Indians who were handed first-round byes while Asian Games bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) was the only one to be seeded at second as the country made a winning start at the Asian Championships here on Wednesday.
Defending champion Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) will spearhead a 10-strong Indian challenge in the Asian Championships to be held in Bangkok from August 24 to September 6.
Indian boxers rounded off a thoroughly commendable performance at the AIBA Women's Junior World Championships, clinching three gold and two silver medals on the final day of the event here on Saturday.
On a thoroughly disappointing day for Indian boxers at the World Women's Championships, Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Pinki Rani (51kg) and Monica Saun (75kg) crashed out after losing their respective bouts here Wednesday.
A boxing gold eluded India at the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 2002 but national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu said given the tough circumstances his boys braved in the run up to the event, the three silver medals are no less than gold.
Indian boxers would be the only ones competing under the International Boxing Association`s flag among over 500 pugilists from a record 116 countries, which have confirmed participation for next month`s World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Young boxer Laishram Devendro Singh was so dejected after his quarter-final loss to eventual bronze medal winner Paddy Barnes in the London Olympic Games that he refused to speak to anyone for the next six days.