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Satish in semis, books World C’ship berth too

Satish Kumar (+91kg) entered the semifinals to book himself a medal and a World Championship berth even as two other Indians fell by the wayside on a bitter-sweet day for the country’s boxers in the Asian Championships here on Wednesday.

Satish outpunched Tajikistan’s <g data-gr-id="22">Siyovush</g> Zukhurov to bring some cheer to the Indian camp, which had been left disappointed by contrasting defeats that Madan Lal (52kg) and Kuldeep Singh (81kg) faced earlier in the day.

Satish was awarded a win via Technical Knockout after his opponent received two warnings for excessive bending, besides showing an inability to deal with the ferocity of the Indian’s beating.
After a rest day on Thursday, Satish will be up against second seed Wang <g data-gr-id="23">Zhibao</g> of China in the semifinal.

However, there was <g data-gr-id="27">disappointment</g> too as Madan and Kuldeep bowed out, even though they still have a chance of making the World Championships cut if their respective rivals make the finals.

“Satish was very dominant in the bout and the referee had to stop the contest in the third round because the Tajik was unable to handle the beating and was indulging in excessive bending,” national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu told PTI.

First up for India on Wednesday was Madan Lal against second seed Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan.

The odds were loaded against the Indian and he failed to beat him in the lopsided contest. Up against a sharp, quick on the feet and incisive rival, Madan was all at sea and was thrown off balance on more than one occasion. The Haryana-lad hardly managed to respond to the unrelenting assault by Zoirov, who quite literally toyed with him in the last few seconds of the bout before clinching it 3-0. 

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