Only one boxer among the six Indians who had entered the semi-final of their respective categories advanced to the finals at the Asian Youth Boxing Championships in Bangkok on Thursday. World youth champion Sachin Siwach (49kg) will fight for the gold medal on Friday as five others settled for bronze medals. In the semi-final, Siwach defeated Thailand’s Panmod Thitisan to enter the final, where he will face Uzbekistan’s Samandar Kholmurodov.
India had a chance of placing five more boxers in the final but all of them lost their semi-final bouts. In the 60kg category, Ankit Kumar lost to Thailand’s Sakda Ruamtham in a close bout. Naveen Boora in 69kg category also lost his bout. He lost to Thailand’s Peerap Yaesungnoen. Ankit had a close bout in which he dominated throughout but was declared a loser through split decision.
Harshpreet Sahrawat, who was fighting his first bout of the tournament due to low entries in the super heavyweight (+91kg) category, lost to Uzbekistan’s Lazizbek Mullajanov.
Mohammed Etash Khan in the 56kg also settled for bronze medal after losing his bout to Thailand’s Pluem Wangkhlaklang. Sachin in the 75kg competed last on Thursday but he could not make it through to the finals and lost to China’s Zhu Chao. The Indian gave a good fight to his opponent but the judges thought it was not enough for them to declare him the winner.