Dinesh Kumar failed to make the medal round after being outclassed by Russian Artur Beterbiev in the light heavy weight quarterfinals on Wednesday, leaving Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh (75kg) as India’s lone medal hope in the World Boxing Championships in Milan, Italy.
The 22-year-old’s ouster leaves middle weight top seed Vijender as the lone Indian survivor in the mega event. The world number two will take on Sergiy Derevyanchenko of Ukraine in his quarterfinal bout.
Dinesh was trailing 3-5 and had survived three standing counts before a fourth count just over a minute into the second round prompted the referee to award the bout to Beterbiev.
“A loss always hurts but I am happy to have at least reached the last-eight stage. It was always going to be tough against Beterbiev, who is a World Cup gold medallist, but I know I gave my best,” Dinesh told PTI from Milan.
National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu also lauded Dinesh’s performance.
“He has does well for himself and goes back a better boxer. A disappointing result today but I am glad with what he has done,” he said.
Late last night, Vijender got the better of Canadian Steve Rolls 4-2 to make the last eight stage to be just one win away from notching up India’s maiden medal at boxing’s blue-ribbon event.