World Championship medals are a rarity for Indian boxing. There were only three Indians who have managed it on this stage before the 2017 edition - Shiva Thapa (2015), Vikas Krishan (2011) and Vijender Singh (2009). On Tuesday, Gaurav Bidhuri joined the league by assuring himself of a medal at the Worlds by entering the semifinals of the bantamweight (56kg) category in Hamburg.
The Delhi pugilist defeated Tunisian boxer Bilel Mhamdi in the quarterfinals via a split decision to book the last-four berth. "It was a very tough fight as the Tunisian boxer was very aggressive. I had to be patient and tried to wear him down with my defensive technique," Gaurav told TOI from Hamburg after his win.
Bidhuri prevailed in a split decision in the bantamweight quarter-final contest to make the last-four stage. The Asian Boxing Confederation gave the lucky entry to Bidhuri after Bhutan declined the wild card offer
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