New Delhi: Asian silver medalist Deepak Kumar (52 kg) on Friday defeated Olympic and world champion Shakhobidin Zoirov in the finals of the ongoing 72nd Stranja Memorial boxing tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. entered.
Deepak Kumar wins ‘magnificent’
Deepak (Deepak Kumar) recorded the most memorable victory of his career and defeated his much stronger Joirov 4–1 who defeated Amit Panghal of India to clinch the 2019 World Championship title.
A huge win for Boxer #DeepaKumar who beat 2016 Olympic and 2019 world champion Shakhobidin Zoirov by split decision in the men’s 52 kg semifinal at the #StrandjaMemorial event in Bulgaria. Deepak is a #TOPSAthlete (Development). #Boxing @BFI_official pic.twitter.com/tqJJQRAdBV
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Zirov is also the silver medalist of the Asian Games and Championships.
Deepak Kumar on Thursday defeated Darislav Vasilev of Bulgaria 5–0 and made it to the last four.
India returned without a medal in women’s category
Former youth world champions Jyoti Goolia (51 kg) and Bhagyavati Kachari (75 kg), however lost out in the women’s category.
India’s challenge in the women’s category ended without a medal. At the same time, Manjeet Singh (plus 91 kg) in the men’s category also lost out.
4 such decisions by Sourav Ganguly, which changed the fortunes of Team India
Goolia, who defeated two-time world champion Nazim Kaizbe in the quarter-finals, was beaten 5–0 by Romania’s Lacramiara Perizoch. Kachari also lost to Naomi Graham of America by the same margin. Manjeet was defeated by Gürgen Hovhannisyan of Armenia.
Naveen Bura (69 kg) reached the semi-finals after defeating Iravio Edson of Brazil in the quarter-finals, where he will face Asian Games gold medalist Bobo-Usmon Baturov.
India had won three medals (one silver and two bronze medals) in the previous leg of this tournament.