Hamburg, September 1: Young Indian boxer Gaurav Bidhuri on Thursday list to Duke Ragan of the USA in the semi-finals of the 56 Kg category at the World Boxing Championship which is being held in Hamburg, Germany. The loss of Gaurav Bidhuri shattered Indian hopes to witness boxer in the finals.
Gaurav lost to Duke Ragan of USA via a unanimous 5-0 decision in semi final bout. Four of the five judges gave 30-27 verdicts in favour of Ragan while Gaurav scored it at 30-26. Both the boxers were playing defensive in the early stages of the game but Ragan boosted his speed and registered easy win over Gaurav.
Gaurav Bidhuri after losing out the match and settled for bronze also missed out on a chance to create history as he would have become the first Indian to enter the final at this biennial mega event if he had managed to win. Also, Bidhuri became the fourth boxer to clinch a bronze medal in World Championships.
Gaurav made a debut in World Championships, became the fourth Indian boxer after Vijender Singh, Vikas Krishan and Shiva Thapa to finish on the podium at this prestigious tournament. Earlier, Vijender became the first Indian boxer to clinch a medal at the World Championships in 2009 while Vikas took bronze in 2011 and Thapa in 2015.