Indian boxer Satish Kumar (plus 91) crashed out in the quarters despite a decent showing against world champion Bakhodir Jalolov. After getting 7 stitches on his forehead and chin due to injuries sustained in the pre-quarterfinals, Satish kumar lost 0-5. He had two cuts in the pre-quarterfinals against Ricardo Brown of Jamaica.
The 32-year-old army boxer also punched with his right hand, but Uzbekistan’s Jalolov dominated the entire match. In the third round, the wound on Satish’s forehead opened, but despite this, he kept fighting. Footballer-turned-boxer Jalolov praised Satish for his bravery after ensuring his maiden Olympic medal. ]
Satish was the first Indian boxer to qualify in the super heavyweight category. At the same time, Jalolov is also a three-time Asian champion.
With this the Indian challenge in men’s boxing came to an end. Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) will play the semi-finals in the women’s category, ensuring India’s first and only medal in boxing at the Tokyo Olympics.
India’s medal hopeful world number one Amit Kumar (52kg) on Saturday crashed out after a 1-4 loss to Rio Olympic silver medalist Yubergen Martinez. Injured Vikas Krishan (69kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg) and Ashish Chowdhary (75kg), who were playing the first Olympics in the first round, crashed out after losing in the first round.
Santiago Nieva, High Performance Director of Indian Boxing, said, “He (Satish) is demoralized right now, but when he is back to normal, he will know what a big deal it was to get into the ring with injuries.”
He said, ‘Despite the injury, it is commendable to give such a competition. His pain was increasing with every punch and he was feeling it. The boxer from Uzbekistan was brilliant.
In the women’s section, six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg), two-time Asian champion Pooja Rani (75kg) and world champion bronze medalist Simranjit Kaur (60kg) crashed out after losing.
A medal is guaranteed in boxing
Indian boxers have had a disappointing performance in the Tokyo Olympics. Boxers like Mary Kom, Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishna were contenders for the medal. India will be able to win only one medal in boxing. Lovlina Borgohain is the only Indian boxer to reach the semi-finals.
She defeated Nien Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the 69kg welterweight category. In the semi-finals, Lovlina will face defending world champion Busenaz Surmenelli of Turkey on Wednesday.