L Devendro Singh (49kg) had to be content with a silver medal finish at the International Republic of Kazakhstan Presidents Cup after losing in the finals in Almaty. The 20-year-old,who beat Olympian and 2010 Asian Games silver-medallist Birzhan Zakipov in the semis,was up against Cubas top light flyweight boxer and a bronze medal winner at the 2010 Youth World Boxing Championships Yosvany Veitia in the title clash.
He kept pace with his Cuban opponent and after the opening three minutes of play,the scores were levelled at 4-4. But with the beginning of the second round,Veitia,with his sound defence and precise combinations,took the game away from the Indian boxer.
Devendro attacked in the final round but could not penetrate Veitias guard as much as he would have liked. In the end he lost the bout on points 11:15.
It was a difficult bout and the Cuban had a sound technique,I tried hard to get inside and fight but did not get many chances to score. Nonetheless I am happy with my performance; this tour has been a big learning curve for me and it will help a great deal in my preparations for the Olympics, said Devendro after his bout.