That is the primary time Indian males’s boxers have secured three medals within the historical past of the World Championships.
What made the achievement extra priceless is that each one three medals have are available Olympic classes forward of the Asian Video games scheduled to be held in September-October this 12 months, which is the primary qualifying occasion for the Paris Olympics.
In 2019, Amit Panghal grew to become the primary Indian male boxer to succeed in the ultimate, which was a huge step ahead for the game within the nation and now Deepak, Hussmudin and Nishant have the prospect to take it ahead.
The duty, nevertheless, is simpler stated than performed. All three of them have powerful opponents standing of their path to the ultimate.
Deepak (51kg) has in his manner two-time World Championships medallist Bilala Bennama. The Frenchman, who can also be the 2022 European champion, will likely be keen to alter the shade of his two bronze medals.
Hussamuddin (57kg), then again, will go up towards Cuba’s Saidel Horta, who knocked out Worlds and Asian Championships silver medallist prime seed Serik Temirzhanov of Kazakhstan within the quarterfinals.
Nishant (71kg) will face 2022 Asian Champion and 2018 Asian Video games silver medallist Aslanbek Shymbergenov of Kazakhstan.
It’s a probability for Deepak to both replicate or higher the silver-winning feat of former world primary Panghal, who has been the primary selection on this weight class for lengthy.
Deepak’s first main medal got here on the 2019 Asian Championships the place he clinched a silver. He completed runner-up on the prestigious Strandja Memorial event in 2021.
The 25-year-old went on to win the 2021 and 2023 Nationals and primarily based on the brand new choice standards he was named within the Indian squad forward of Panghal for this occasion. He has repaid the religion the brand new Excessive Efficiency Director Bernard Dunne and coach Dmitry Dmitruk have proven in him.
Armed with a deadly left hook, Deepak has impressed every person on this event. He staged one of many largest upsets of the championships by upstaging Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan.
Nizamabad’s Hussamudin, then again, needed to wait lengthy for this chance to compete on the Worlds however as they are saying ‘the longer the wait, the sweeter the fruit’, the 29-year-old has medalled on his debut marketing campaign.
The 2-time Commonwealth Video games bronze medallist is without doubt one of the most skilled campaigners within the squad and he will likely be banking on this expertise towards Horta within the battle of the debutants.
Nishant burst into the scene a few years in the past when he reached the quarterfinals of the 2021 Worlds. He had missed a medal by a whisker again then however made up for it.
With a bronze in his pocket, the tenacious pugilists would aspire to alter the shade.
Earlier than this 12 months, India had by no means received greater than a silver and bronze every in a single version of the boys’s World Championships.
The general medal depend for the nation earlier than the continuing version stood at one silver, received by Panghal 2019, and 6 bronze medals, claimed by Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015), Gaurav Bidhuri (2017), Manish Kausik (2019) and Akash Kumar (2021).
(With PTI Inputs)