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Boxers Gaurav, Vikas enter CWG semis

IANS  |  Gold Coast (Australia) 

Indian boxers Gaurav and Yadav entered the semi-finals of their respective weight categories at the 21st (CWG) here on Wednesday.

Gaurav came up with an impressive performance against three-time champion of to claim a well-deserved, unanimous 5:0 verdict in the quarter-finals of the men's flyweight (52 kilogram) category.

also registered a comfortable 5:0 victory over of in the last eight stage of the men's middleweight (75kg) division.

The duo thus confirmed another couple of medals to the Indian tally as every in the last-four stage is assured of a spot on the podium.

Gaurav will fight Vidanalange of in the semi-finals on Friday. Bandara outclassed Thabo Molefe of 4:1 in another quarter-final on Wednesday.

Last edition's bronze medallist Reece McFadden of and of will meet in the other flyweight semi-final.

In the quarter-finals, McFadden outclassed Pakistan's 5-0 while Irvine defeated of 4:1.

Up against the vastly more experienced Keama, Gaurav delivered a composed, technically superior performance.

The Indian youngster had a lot of power in his punches and used his reflexes and a high to thwart his experienced south paw opponent from

Gaurav landed more scoring punches in a frenetic opening period, thus taking the early advantage.

The second round followed a similar script with Gaurav penetrating Keama's defence with powerful jabs on several occassions.

Keama came out swinging in the third and last period in an effort to reduce the gap, but Gaurav did well to retaliate in an effective manner and take a well-deserved victory.

Later, coasted to an easy win over Muziyo.

The African adopted an attacking approach right from the start and Vikas responded by staying just outside his reach and using a higher than usual.

The 2014 bronze medallist fought well on the counter, regularly finding the gaps and it did not come as a surprise when all the five judges ruled in his favour.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 10:54 IST
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