On Saturday, the 25-year-old answered all questions, in a debut that was as good as it gets. Sure, a 10-second knockout would have been more hysterical. But Ritu's 3minute40second-dismantling of South Korea's Nam Hee Kim ticked all the boxes.
Fury has dressed up as Batman to annoy former champion Wladimir Klitschko, strutted down to James Brown's 'Living in America' a la Apollo Creed from Rocky IV, and donned a luchador mask in the build-up to the Wallin fight.
Rules tweaked on the fly and insufficient explanations are par for course for AIBA, boxing’s governing body which has been stripped of its right to host the Olympic boxing tournament in Tokyo next year.
Sangwan's much-fancied opponent Naman Tanwar had to pull out of Thursday's title clash in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh due to shoulder trouble. Of course, Wednesday's semifinal compensated for the lack of hardships in the final.
Friday’s World Championship semifinal was tricky. Saken Bibossinov was three inches taller and preferred fighting from a distance. And the southpaw Kazakh was coming into the bout with a strong win over European gold-medallist Artur Hovhannisyan.
“I remember when he moved up from the junior camp to the seniors. He was so ill-disciplined. He would come late to practice, sometimes he wouldn’t show up at all. Anyway, our contender at that time was Devendro.”
In his run-up to the semifinal, Kaushik has defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Kadyrbek Uulu Argen, Mongolian Olympian and 2018 Asian Championship silver-medallist Baatarsukh Chinzorig, Dutch Olympian and two-time European medallist Enrico Lacruz and Brazil’s Wanderson de Oliviera.