Deepak lost his 51kg semi-final bout to two-time Worlds bronze medallist Billal Bennama of France by a narrow margin of 3-4. Similarly, Nishant Dev lost his 71kg semi-final to reigning Asian champion Aslanbek Shymbergenov of Kazakhstan by a score of 2-5.
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Meanwhile, Mohammad Hussamudin had to withdraw from the tournament due to a knee injury sustained during his quarterfinal bout against J. Diaz Ibanez of Bulgaria and settled for a bronze.
With three bronze medals, India ranked joint fourth in the medals tally with hosts Uzbekistan (9), Cuba and Russia (6 each), and Kazakhstan (5) taking up the top three spots.
Deepak put up a tenacious fight, displaying unwavering grit before going down to Bennama in the semi-finals after the bout was reviewed. The closely-fought bout saw both boxers fiercely competing, but the French pugilist managed to edge past Deepak by a narrow margin to clinch a hard-fought victory on points.
Similarly, Nishant showcased a dynamic and aggressive approach throughout the bout. However, he failed to defeat the Kazakh despite his best efforts. Hussamudin’s knee injury unfortunately led to him giving a walkover and settling for a bronze medal in his debut World Championships campaign.
Despite the setbacks, Deepak, Hussamudin, and Nishant have added their names in Indian boxing history books as three of the ten World Championships medallists from the country till now. This was also the first time that India clinched three medals at a single edition of the tournament.
538 boxers from 107 countries, including numerous Olympics medallists, participated in the esteemed championship. Each bronze medallist will receive USD 50,000 for their efforts.