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Mohammed Hussamuddin (57 kg) qualified for the semi-finals to be assured of a medal, but world championship silver medalist Amit Panghal (52 kg) withdrew from the 35th international boxing tournament on Thursday. from Boxam to Castellon, Spain, after being passed on the eighth stage. . Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Hussamuddin (57 kg) beat Italy’s Simone Spada 5-0 to advance to the final four stages, where he will face Panama Orlando Martinez. However, it was curtains for the Olympics-linked Panghal after a split decision loss to European Games champion Gabriel Escobar.

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It was a mind-boggling loss for Panghal, who won a gold medal at the Cologne World Cup a few months ago. The 23-year-old ended up paying for his rather weak defense in the Escobar fight.

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The Spaniard took him by surprise in the first round and although the Indian came back confidently in the final three minutes, after even a second round the damage was done.

Hussamuddin, meanwhile, put in a dominant performance against Spada, displaying excellent footwork and combined punches to outsmart his rival.

Previously, Asian champion Pooja Rani (75 kg) entered the semi-finals to clinch a medal, but two-time world bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) retired after losing in the quarter-finals.

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In late-night bouts on Wednesday, Olympics-linked Rani defeated Italy’s Assunta Canfora to join MC Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and debutante Jasmine (57kg) in the last four steps.

The three had won their quarter-finals earlier today. Rani is a three-time Asian medalist and also bronze medalist at the 2014 Asian Games.

However, Borgohain, who also qualified for the Tokyo Games, lost 0-5 to Russian Saadat Dalgatova to make a surprisingly early exit from the tournament.

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Asian bronze medalist Manisha Moun (57kg) was another Indian to be ousted from competition when she was beaten 0-5 by Italy’s Irma Testa in the quarter-finals.

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On Thursday, outside of Panghal, seven other Indian boxers will fight for the medal round.

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The list includes the five Olympic destination of Manish Kaushik (63 kg), Vikas Krishan (69 kg), Ashish Kumar (75 kg) and Satish Kumar (+ 91 kg) as well as Hussamuddin (57 kg), Sumit Sangwan (81 kg) ) and Sanjeet (91 kg). ).

Boxers from 17 countries, including Russia, the United States, Italy, Kazakhstan and Spain, participate in the event.

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