Indian pugilists take Serbia by storm
Subotica (Serbia) : Indian youth pugilists took Serbia by storm when they struck 17 medals, including seven gold and six silver, the best haul in recent times at the 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina here.
Of the seven gold, men accounted for four while three went the way of our women even as they shared three silver medals each.
As for bronze, the women boxers stepped up themselves to finish with three and their counterparts with a lone bronze.
Aman boxed his way to gold in the men's heavyweight (+91kg) category with a 5-0 verdict against Hungarian Felfoldi Laszlo. Barun Singh got a split verdict of 3-2 to grab the yellow metal against Serbian Joksimovic Laszlo in the light flyweight (49kg) class, Akash Kumar followed suit with a similar result against Argentine Mirco Jehiel Cuello in the bantamweight (56kg) category and Vijaydeep, too, followed the other two Indians in getting a 3-2 decision in the welterweight (69kg) division.
Ankit in the 60kg class was way off his rival in the final to finish with the silver, the Scotsman Reese Lynch out boxing him for a 4-1 judgment. Nitin narrowly missed gold in 75kg when his rival from Kazakhstan Assanov Azat won gold after a 3-2 split verdict going in his favour.
Aman was superb on the night and his Hungarian opponent was no match to the Indian. In every round Aman, who was cautious to begin with, opened out and used his combination punches to stagger Felfoldi. By the end of the second round it became more than clear who the winner was going to be.
However, it was not the case with both Barun, Akash and Vijaydeep as their rivals who were equally good. But then all the three Indians did well to keep their opponents at bay in the third round even as they landed a few hooks and punches which saw the judges give verdicts in their favaour.
Earlier, Bhavesh lost in the semi-finals to settle for a bronze medal.