In a relative disappointment for the country, 5 of the six boxers in the fray lost out in the finals of the Makran Cup, Chabahar, Iran. As a result, India finished the tournament with one gold, five silver, and two bronze.
National champion Deepak Singh, participating in the 49 kg category, was India’s lone boxer to clinch gold. On his way to the yellow metal, Deepak beat Jafar Naseri in the finals.
However, none of the other 5 Indian finalists managed to win for one last time. Earlier, Deepak had defeated Ammari Malek 5:0 (46-49) in the light-fly category to book his spot in the finals.
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Clinching silver in the tournament were Commonwealth Games silver medallist Manish Kaushik (60kg), PL Prasad (52kg), Sanjeet (91kg), Army man Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), and Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg).
India’s silver medalists at the Makran Cup
Manish Kaushik, who is also a national champion and 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medalist, lost out to Danial Shah Baksh. On the other hand, Satish was defeated by Mohammad Mlias. Sanjeet was condemned to a defeat by Eldin Ghossoun in the heavyweight final.
Negi had won a final berth by scripting a confident unanimous win over Moradi Al in the 54 kg category.
Satish Kumar, a former Asian Games bronze medallist, had blanked Ramazan Pour in another 5:0 bout to barge into the finals.
India’s boxing prodigy and India Open gold medallist, Sanjeet had also entered the finals with an easy 5-0 win over Amiri Pourya.
Elsewhere, Prasad failed to go past Omid Safa Ahmedi and had to settle for the silver medal. Sajjad Zadeh Kezim defeated Duryodhana in the welterweight final to clinch the gold.
Rohit Tokas clinched bronze
Earlier in the competition, Rohit Tokas (64kg) along with Manjeet Singh (75kg) had lost out in the semifinals to bow out with bronze medals.
While Rohit Tokas started out in a great manner, he succumbed to a 1-4 loss at the hands of Bagher Faraji in 64Kg match. Manjeet Singh Panghal, on the other hand, also had to settle for a bronze medal in the 75Kg category after losing 0-5 against Safdarian Sina.
. @rohit_tokas finished the #MakranCup campaign with a bronze🥉medal in the 64Kg category. Wish you the best for the future tournaments and keep working hard. 💪#PunchMeinHaiDum #boxing pic.twitter.com/Tp3SEiTqtQ
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