Indian boxers Deepak Bhoria, Mohammad Hussamuddin, and Nishant Dev have secured their spots in the semifinals of the World Boxing Championships in Tashkent. The three Indian boxers won their respective last-eight bouts, guaranteeing medals for themselves and their country. This is India’s best-ever showing at the championships, surpassing the previous record of two medals won by the country’s male boxers in 2019.
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Bhoria defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Nurzhigit Diushebaev 5-0, tactically outsmarting him after a watchful first round.
Bhoria, who will fight fourth-seeded two-time Worlds bronze medallist Frenchman Billal Bennama, said,
“Boxing from a long range and using the left hook worked. Hope to continue like this.”
Meanwhile, Hussamuddin upset the fifth-seeded Bulgarian Javier Ibanez Diaz 4-3, relying on his ring craft to emerge victorious in a closely-fought bout.
Hussamuddin, who will face Cuban Saidel Horta, said,
“My opponent was rough. I moved and hit a lot of side blows to score.”
Nishant outshone Cuban Terry Jorge Cuellar 5-0, executing his rapid and powerful punches to put Cuellar under pressure.
Nishant will face fourth-seeded Kazakh Aslanbek Shymbergenov. He said,
“I wanted to remain mentally strong. Will take this mindset to the next round.”
With three boxers now in the semifinals, India has already exceeded their previous medal haul and will be hoping to add more to their tally.