The opening day of the 21st President’s Cup International Boxing Tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia and the Indian Boxing Team opened with a bag of mixed results. On a day that saw three Indian pugilists take to the ring, Gaurav Bidhuri (49kg) and Chhote Lal Yadav (56kg) defeated their respective opponents to make a place in the next round of the tournament, while Niraj Goyat (60kg) succumbed to defeat and failed to cross the first barrier.
Playing in the light fly weight division Gaurav Bidhuri was up against Bogi Andriano of Indonesia in the afternoon session. Bidhuri started well in the first round with the score tied at 3 all. But in the second the eighteen year old Delhi lad launched an aggressive attack upon his Indonesian opponent and raced to a 3 point lead. The final round witnessed Bidhuri, a bronze medallist at the 34th National Games, dominate the proceedings as he went on to secure his place in the next round with a 14:8 victory on points – A notable start to the teenagers first international campaign.
In the bantam weight category, Chhote Lal Yadav also got the better of Rafli Langi of Indonesia, in what turned out to be a closely fought battle. Yadav was leading 4:3 after the first round, but Langi came back strongly in the second and tied the scores to 8 all. In the third though, the 2010 SAF games gold medallist, with the help of some exquisite combinations, inched ahead to take a crucial two point lead and with it the victory. He won 15:13 on points. “It was a patchy start for me, but once I got into my groove, I was able to play my natural game and win the bout”, expressed an elated Yadav after his bout.
While Bidhuri and Yadav notched up wins on the first day of the contest, Niraj Goyat, playing in the light weight category came up on the losing end of an enthralling contest, against Cen Yu of China. The 19 year old matched his opponent punch for punch and after three rounds of intense action the score was tied at 10. But in the end it was the Chinese boxer who claimed victory on individual judge’s score.