India’s Sumit put up a dominating performance to advance to the semi-finals while Gaurav Chauhan suffered a defeat at the 2022 Thailand Open international boxing tournament in Phuket on Tuesday.
Playing his first match after receiving a bye in the first round, Sumit looked in good touch throughout the match as he comfortably earned a 5-0 win over Kazakhstan’s Timur Nurseitov in the men’s final 75kg bout.
In contrast, Gaurav (91kg) gave it his all against fellow Kazakh opponent Aibek Oralbay, the 2018 Youth Olympic champion. However, his campaign ended in a 1-4 loss in the quarter-finals.
Sumit became India’s fourth semi-finalist in the ongoing tournament, which witnessed a high-tension competition attended by 130 top boxers, including 74 men and 56 women, from Asia, Europe, Oceania and from Africa. Monika (48 kg), Ashish Kumar (81 kg) and Manisha (57 kg) are the other three Indians who have already progressed to the last 4 stage.
Six Indian boxers will be seen in action on Wednesday. While Bhagyabati kachari (75kg), Amit Panghal (52kg) and Rohit Mor (57kg) will contest the quarter-finals, Govind Sahani (48), Varinder Singh (60kg) and Ashish Kumar (81kg) will fight for a place in the finals .
At the last edition of the Thailand Open, held in 2019, the Indian contingent won eight medals, one gold, four silver and three bronze.