Gaurav Saini in final, three others in semis of Asian junior boxing championships

Gaurav Saini (70kg) advanced to the final while three other Indian boxers entered the last-four stage after contrasting victories in the Asian Junior Championships in Dubai.

Gaurav Saini (70kgs) (right) celebrates after winning semi final match on third day at the ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships.   -  Special Arrangement

Gaurav Saini (70kg) advanced to the final while three other Indian boxers entered the last four stage after contrasting victories in the Asian Junior Championships in Dubai.

Saini defeated Kyrgyzstan's Zakirov Mukhammadaziz 4-1 on Sunday night to enter the summit clash. The tournament is being held simultaneously for the youth and junior boxers (both men and women) for the first time.

Ashish (54kg), Anshul (57kg) and Bharat Joon (+81kg) also entered the semifinals.

Ashish outpunched Tajikistan's Rahmanov Jafar 5-0. Meanwhile, Anshul’s strong blows and continuous attack forced referees to stop the contest in the first round of the match itself and give the result in the Indian’s favour.

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Joon eked out a 3-2 triumph over Uzbekistan's Kenesbaev Aynazar.

However, it was curtains for Krrish Pal (46kg) and Preet Malik (63kg).

Pal was no match for Uzbekistan's Bakhtiyor Yakhshiboev, who outclassed him by the second round forcing the referee to stop the contest.

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Malik went down 2-3 to Kyrgyzstan's Eldar Esembaev.

More than 20 medals were assured for India on the day of draws as COVID-19 travel restrictions kept several countries away from the competition.

The gold medallists in the youth category will receive prize money of USD 6,000, while silver and bronze medallists will claim USD 3,000 and USD 1,500, respectively.

The junior champions will be awarded USD 4,000 for gold and USD 2,000 and 1,000 for silver and bronze medallists, respectively.

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