Shiva, 3 others enter semis of Czech boxing tourney

Indian pugilists - Shiva Thapa, Gaurav Bidhuri, Kavinder Bisht and Amit Phangal have reached the semifinals of the Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem boxing tournament in Czech Republic and are strong medal contenders.

Shiva reached the semifinals after Shiva defeating local favourite Erik Huleiv in a unanimous verdict on Wednesday.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

Asian silver-medallist Shiva Thapa (60kg) was assured of at least a bronze medal as he entered the semifinals along with three others on a day of wins for India at the Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem boxing tournament in Czech Republic.

Shiva defeated local favourite Erik Huleiv in a unanimous verdict to enter the last-four stage on Wednesday night.

Three others Indians, Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg), Kavinder Bisht (52kg) and Amit Phangal (49kg), were also assured of bronze medals after getting byes.

Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Manish Panwar (81kg) advanced to the quarterfinals after winning their opening bouts. While Sumit defeated Czech Republic’s Jiri Horky, Manish got the better of Belgium’s Yassine Aydir.

Entering the last-eight stage owing to opening-round byes were Satish Kumar (+91kg), Manoj Kumar (69kg) and Ashish Kumar (64kg).

Seven of the nine Indian boxers competing in this tournament have qualified for the World Championships in Hamburg, Germany from August 25 to September 2.

The World Championships-bound boxers are Amit, Kavinder, Gaurav, Shiva, Manoj, Sumit and Satish.

Vikas Krishan (75kg) has also qualified for the mega-event but is not travelling with the team as of now and is training in Pune.

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