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Amandeep, Jai join Indian party

Come Wednesday, the whistles and chants will grow louder as six Indian pugilists step into the ring to fight for supremacy in the XXX Energy Drink 5th Commonwealth Championships on Wednesday, reports Deepika Sharma.

other Updated: Mar 17, 2010 01:00 IST
Deepika Sharma

Come Wednesday, the whistles and chants will grow louder as six Indian pugilists step into the ring to fight for supremacy in the XXX Energy Drink 5th Commonwealth Championships on Wednesday.

Amandeep Singh (49kg) and Jai Bhagwan (60kg) on Tuesday joined world No. 1 Vijender Singh (75kg), Asian champion Suronjoy Singh (52kg), World Cup bronze-medallist Dinesh Kumar (81kg) and Asian bronze-medallist Paramjeet Samota (+91) in the final.

Though this performance will not better the one in the same event in Scotland (2005), it was still heartening to see six Indians storming into the final and pipping England to the championship title.

With the Commonwealth Games in mind, the boxers have been training strenuously, and according to Amandeep, the six final spots had shown the boxers' desire to do something for the country.

"This is a strong message from us to the boxers around the world," said the 23-year-old after beating Malaysian M. Redzuan 7-1 in the semis.

"We have a burning desire to do well at the Games. We live each day, dreaming about a medal. Now it's time to get going and make it happen," he said.

In the other Indian bout on Tuesday, Jai Bhagwan didn't have to break a sweat as his British opponent, Danny Philips, pulled out on medical grounds. Bhagwan, who has been exceptional in the tournament, was pumped up and predicted a strong finish on Wednesday.

"A gold tomorrow will set me up for the Games. It will motivate me more in my preparations," said Bhagwan.