Sagar Ahlawat with his silver medal yesterday. Pic/PTI
Fast-rising Indian boxer Sagar Ahlawat concluded an impressive Commonwealth Games campaign by clinching the silver medal in the superheavy weight (+92kg) division here.
Competing in his maiden international event, Sagar lost the gold medal bout to home favourite Delicious Orie via a 5-0 unanimous decision late on Sunday. The 20-year-old, who surprised everyone with his powerful performance in the earlier bouts, was forced to defend in the opening round as Orie assumed the role of the aggressor.
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But the Indian defended well and also managed to land some counter punches with all five judges ruling in his favour. However, a minute into the second round, the Haryana pugilist, who belongs to a family of farmers, seemed to have tired as he repeatedly resorted to clinching, which also earned him a warning by the referee.
By the third round, Sagar looked completely spent, but managed to land a few jabs. He also started bleeding as one of Orie*s punches left a cut above his left eye. The Englishman took full advantage of that, connecting a flurry of upper cuts to take the title.
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