While the champions failed, wildcard entry Gaurav Bidhuri surprised all by entering the semifinals in 56 kg event. Out of 3 in quarters, only one Indian could reach semifinals. Gaurav with a Bronze medal assured will play the semifinal on Aug 31. The big question! Will India get its first-ever finalist in Men’s World Boxing Championship? Gaurav is confident. While fans wait for the result, celebrate India’s 4th medal coming after a gap of 6 years and two editions in Men’s Championship.
Gaurav became the second Indian debutant after Vikas Krishnan to win a medal. Vijender, Shiva and Vikas are previous three medal winners of India.
2009 Vijender Singh in Middleweight at Milan World Boxing Championship.
2011 Vikas Krishan Yadav in Welterweight at Baku World Boxing Championship.
2015 Shiva Thapa won Bronze in Bantamweight Doha World Boxing
Gauarav def Bilel Mhamdi from Tunisia 3-0. He will now take on Duke Ragan of USA on August 31 in the semifinal of Hamburg World Boxing Championship.
India’s other two hopefuls could not clear the final hurdle for a medal. Amit lost 0-5 to Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan.
Kavinder Bisht lost 0-5 to Kim In-kyu of Korea in Flyweight.