Devendro in President's Cup final
India's L Devendro Singh entered the finals of 49 kg at the President's Cup boxing yesterday.
The 20-year-old triumphed over his more experienced opponent, Olympian and Asian Games silver medallist Birzhan Zakipov of Kazakhstan, in an enthralling semifinal bout.
Devendro was leading 3:2 after the opening three minutes of play and continued to add to his tally with some precise attacking in the second. Zakipov though, kept coming back at Devendro and was close on his heels with just two points separating them(11:9).
In the final round, the Kazakh tried hard to take the game away from the Indian, but Devendro was solid in his defence. “My opponent was a very experienced boxer and fought with very sound technique and strategy. It was a tough fight and I am very happy to have ended on the winning side,” said Devendro.