Kavinder, Sanjeet enter finals of French boxing tourney

Shiva Thapa bows out in the semifinals of the Alexis Vastine International Tournament in Nantes, France.

Kavinder Singh Bisht (in picture) beat France's Benik George Melkumian 3-0. - RITU RAJ KONWAR

Indian boxers Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) advanced to the finals of the Alexis Vastine International Tournament in Nantes, France.

Kavinder, an Asian championships silver-medallist and a former World Championship quarterfinalist, defeated France's Benik George Melkumian 3-0 to set up a summit clash against Samuel Kistohurry.

Sanjeet, a gold-medallist from the India Open, got the better of American Sherrod Fulghm in a 2-1 verdict. Sanjeet will also be up against a French opponent - Soheb Bouafia - in the final.

World Championships silver-medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) is also through to the finals after beating American Christopher Herrera in a draw that only featured four boxers.

Bronze for Shiva Thapa

Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63kg) settled for a bronze after going down in his semifinal clash. He lost to local favourite Lounes Hamraoui in a 2-1 decision on Thursday.

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This is the first international competition that Indian boxers are featuring in since the Olympic qualifiers in Jordan in March. Their competition calendar as well as training schedule has been severely hampered by the shutdown that followed the spread of COVID-19.

The Indians are currently on a training trip to Europe during which they have been primarily based in Assisi, Italy.