Ulaanbaatar, June 23: India's dynamic boxer L Devendro Singh on Thursday assured his first international medal of the year after cruising into semifinals of the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Notably, the Commonwealth Games silver-medalist, Singh defeated Russia's Dimitrii Yusopov to make the last four stage of the tournament. This win will boost the confidence of Devendro Singh who missed out the Asian Championships earlier this year after surprisingly going down in the trials.
However, among other Indians in the fray, it was curtains for King’s Cup bronze-medallist Rohit Tokas (64kg), who lost to Chinzorig Baatarsukh of Mongolia. Today, five-time world champion M C Mary Kom will open her campaign in the 51 kilogram category after getting a bye into the quarterfinals. Her opponent will be the winner of the bout between Russia's Anna Aedma and Korea's Chol Mi Bang.
In the men's draw, Strandja Memorial silver-medallist Mohamed Hussamuddin (56kg) will face China’s Ma Xin Ming, while King’s Cup gold-medallist K Shyam Kumar (49kg) will meet Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu of Mongolia in his last-eight stage contest. While Asian youth silver-medallist Ankush Dahiya (64kg) will also be squaring off against a Mongolian in Dulgunn. Duryodhan Singh (69kg) will take on a Mongolian, too, in Byamba-Erdene Otgonbaatar.
Among women, Priyanka Chaudhary and Kalawanti will take on their opponents today. Both the Indians won their respective quarterfinal bouts on Wednesday.