Gaurav Bidhuri wins Bronze at World Boxing Championships

The Logical Indian Crew

September 1st, 2017 / 11:44 AM

Image: AIBA

Gaurav Bidhuri had already created history back in India with his entry into the final four of the World Boxing Championships. In reaching the semi finals of the elite tournament, he became only the fourth Indian to win a medal at the Worlds after Vijender Singh, Vikas Krishnan and Shiva Thapa.

While Gaurav, the son of a national level wrestler, was intent on not settling for a bronze medal, the draw it seems had other plans for him. up against the very capable punches of America’s Duke Ragan.

Gaurav Bidhuri was not a medal prospect for India at all. As a wildcard entrant into the competition, there were little to no expectations from him at all. In fact, he was only in this competition because Bhutan refused the quota berth in his weight category.

Bidhuri, who competes in the bantamweight (56kg) category found it quite taxing to keep up with the Cincinnati-born Ragan. The decision went unanimously in Ragan’s favour at the end of the match. The bout ended with the scoreline 5-0.



Initially, the contest between the two seemed to be quite well matched as both boxers inflicted an equal number of jabs. However, a strategic game by Ragan from the second round onwards ensured that Bidhuri was taken into the traps that were laid for him.

A careful mix of defensive and offensive play gave the 19-year old Ragan a definite edge. And he ended up putting a halt to Bidhuri’s Championship hopes.

“I thought it was a quite an even contest. I thought they could have gone with a split decision. I am disappointed with the result. I desperately wanted to become the first Indian to reach the World championships final,” Bidhuri told The Times of India from Hamburg.


The anguish was clearly visible on Bidhuri’s face as he lost out by a unanimous vote.AIBA

As an upcoming wrestler, the skill portrayed by Ragan was certainly a special spectacle to watch. He is certainly a boxer to watch out for in bigger tournaments like the Olympics.

The Indian’s journey in the tournament has been nothing short of a miracle. To come back strong after not even being considered a serious contender is something that takes a massive amount of grit and determination. And that is why Bidhuri should really be proud of his achievements. The defeat in the semi final round is not the fact that should focus on. Rather, a better system of identifying and targeting talents should be put in place that is both far-reaching and wholesome. India shall produce more such Bidhuri’s as a result.


Contributors

Written by :

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Amit Phangal and Gaurav Bidhuri march into the quarter finals of World Boxing Championships

A look at India’s chances at the World Para-athletics Championships

Visa Issues Indian Athletes Participation

Visa Issues Disappoint Indian Athletes Participation In World Relay Championships And Asian Grand Prix

Judo Nationals

Beating All Odds, Domestic Help’s Daughter Wins Bronze In Judo Nationals

3 Skaters Make India Proud At The Asian Championships; Win Bronze In Men’s Track Relay

Mukesh Singh And Gaurav Sharma Win Gold At World Powerlifting

Congratulations India: Mukesh Singh And Gaurav Sharma Win Gold At World Powerlifting Championship

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Jail Term Of Nawaz Sharif Suspended, Pak Court Orders Release

News

WB: Elderly Mother Left On Street With Few Clothes And Parched Rice As Couple Goes On Trip

News

Uttarakhand: Minor Girl Gangraped By Fellow Students; School Tries To Cover It Up

News

Demanding Justice, Rape Victim Writes Letter In Blood To CM Adityanath

My Social Responsibility

“Sanitary Napkins Are Very Harmful”: Woman Who Makes Cloth Pads And Promotes Sustainable Menstruation

News

DUSU President Used Fake Certificates To Get Admission In Delhi University, NSUI Alleges

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.