India's Jeevan Singh, who just a weak ago was punching his compatriots into submission with consummate ease in a national level tournament, found the going tough at the YMCA international boxing championship on Monday.
Pitted against Bactora from Mauritius in the flyweight category, the pint-sized boxer looked out of sorts for most part of the bout and was not playing from close to the body, which has been his big strength. He eventually lost the bout 10-13.
Jeevan, along with Devender - who lost to Kazakhstan's Agyabayev - were an aberration on a day when most of the Indian pugilists came good in the ring.
Out of the eleven bouts that involved Indian pugilists, nine triumphed. Chhottey Lal was unfortunate to be disqualified when he was literally toying with Malaysia's Awang Awgkaji.
Leading 9-0 in the first round, Lal inadvertently punched Awgkaji below the waistline, resulting in his disqualification.
It turned out be a stroll in the park for Amandeep and Parmjeet Singh in the senior division as both won their bouts without much difficulty. While Amandeep beat Malaysia's Mohd Nazir 36-11, Parmjeet got the better of Hong Kong's Chan Kai Kit.
The match of the day was undoubtedly the bout between Turkmenistan's Tenelebek and Dyusenbyaev of Kazakhstan in the flyweight category.
Uppercuts and hooks flew thick and fast as both went hammer and tongs at each other. Just as it seemed like Dyusenbyaev would run away the easy winner but Tenelebek fought back from the brink to beat the Kazakh on points (34-33).