Prague, July 28: India’s leading boxing player and Asian silver-medalist Shiva Thapa and Gaurav Bidhuri stormed into the finals of the Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem boxing tournament on Thursday which is being held in the Czech Republic. However, five other Indians also advanced to semifinals in their respective categories.
While Sumit defeated Czech Republic's Jiri Horky, Manish got the better of Belgium's Yassine Aydir. The rest advanced with byes. Entering the last-eight stage owing to opening-round bye was Satish Kumar (91kg) and Ashish Kumar (64kg).
Interestingly, seven out of nine Indian boxers competing in this tournament have qualified for next month's World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. The World Championships-bound boxers are Amit, Kavinder, Gaurav, Shiva, Manoj, Sumit and Satish. However, Vikas Krishan has also qualified for the mega-event in the 75Kg category.