New Delhi, Mar 18: In what could bring cheers to the India fans, the Indian boxers punched their way through their opponents to win the overall team title at the fifth Commonwealth Boxing Championships on Wednesday, Mar 17.
The day started with a win for India as Olympian Dinesh Kumar (81kg) got a walkover against Scot Callum Johnson, who was declared medically unfit due to a right wrist injury on the day of the match.
The gold rush continued as Asian champion Suranjoy Singh (52kg), South Asian Games gold medallist Amandeep Singh (49kg), Asian silver medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Paramjeet Samota (+91kg) also triumphed in the finals.
A bleeding nose failed to deter the World no.1 boxer Vijender Singh (75kg) as he stake claim on his first international gold medal in two years.
The Vijender, who played the last bout of the day against England's Frank Buglioni, defeated his opponent with powerful punches to win the bout 13-3. He suffered a bleeding nose during the bout.
"I was scared that the bout may be stopped and I would be declared medically unfit. Bleeding was just not stopping. I was constantly looking at the judges to see what they might do," said the 24-year-old Haryana boxer, who was adjudged the best boxer of the tournament.
"A gold medal after two years (the last being at the Chemistry Cup in Germany in 2008) is obviously very satisfying," added the strapping six-footer, who started the year with a silver in an invitational tourney in China in January.