World Series of Boxing | Sachin Siwach makes a winning debut as India lose to Russia

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World Series of Boxing | Sachin Siwach makes a winning debut as India lose to Russia

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03/03/2018

Sachin Siwach defeated Russia’s Dorzho Radnaev in his debut match at the World Series of Boxing championship in Kazan, Russia, but his team could not capitalize on his efforts. India were handed their second consecutive defeat by Russia in the tournament as they lost 1-4 to the host nation.

After losing 1-4 to Kazakhstan’s Astana Arlans in the first match, the Indian Tigers hoped to bounce back against Russia’s Patriot Boxing Team in their second game. Debutant Sachin Siwach made his mark as he won his first game to hand India a 1-0 lead over the Russian counterparts. But his heroics went in vain as India lost their second consecutive game in the tournament against the Russian Patriots, who made a strong comeback to win the event 4-1.

India’s 19-year-old debutant, who is also a world youth champion came back strong against Russia’s Radnaev, who was leading the Indian 2-0 after the first two rounds. Sachin won the next three rounds helping India to take an early 1-0 lead in the match. Mandeep Jangra, Rohit Tokas, and Madan Lal, all failed to capitalize on Sachin’s win and lost their respective bouts handing Russia a 1-3 lead.

Sanjeet, who competed in the 91 kg category, lost 0-3 to Anton Zaitsev even after leaving the Russian with a bloodied face by the end of the third quarter. After enjoying an upper hand in the fourth and fifth rounds, Russia’s Zaitsev was declared winner due to his brilliance in the initial three rounds. This loss meant that India were defeated by Russia with a score of 1-4 in the hosts' favour.

India is now set to face Kazakhstan’s Astana Arlans on March 24 in India.

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