Boxing: Dinesh Dagar knocks out former Olympic medallist


Rising Indian boxer Dinesh Dagar made a gorgeous start to his 69kg marketing campaign at the thirty eighth GeeBee Boxing Tournament by using edging the 2012 London Olympic bronze medallist Evaldas Petrauskas of Lithuania three-2 to progress into the region-finals in Helsinki on Thursday. The 23-yr-old confirmed his resilience and resolution in adequate quantities to get back from a 2d-spherical knockdown on his manner to the big win.

Considering the reality that Petrauskas has a Youth Olympics gold, a Youth World Championships silver medal and a European Championships bronze medal to his call, this changed into certainly a big self belief-boosting victory for Dagar. The young Indian pugilist thus continues his high-quality shape a 12 months after grabbing the silver medal on the India Open.

India, but, did now not have a wonderful start at the opening day of this tournament as Ankit Khatana turned into blanked zero-5 by England’s Luke McCormack within the 64kg category.

On Friday, former Asian Boxing Championship gold medallist Shiva Thapa will open his campaign within the 60kg class.

With simply 4 boxers in the 49kg draw, India’s Govind Kumar Sahani starts offevolved from the semi-finals and is already confirmed of a medal. 2017 Asian Championships silver medallist Sumit Sangwan too will carry home a medal from this match after he got a bye into the semi-finals in the 91kg draw that has simply 7 boxers.

Around one hundred boxers are collaborating on this tournament from 15 nations as the European swing continues in the boxing calendar.