New Delhi: An 18-year-old Gaurav Bidhuri became the first Indian boxer to assure himself of a medal at the 21st President's Cup by advancing to the semi-finals on Tuesday while five others entered the quarter-finals in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Playing his first senior international tournament, Gaurav, a bronze-medallist at the National Games held earlier this year, edged past Muhamed Faud of Malaysia 8-7 to make the last-four stage of the light fly weight 49kg division.
"He is playing his first tournament but he has been confident in his approach. It was a tense bout but Gaurav kept his calm and fought very well," said coach Jagdeep Hooda from Jakarta.
There was more good news for the Indian team as V Santhosh Kumar beat Korea's Lee Yong Hee 13-11 to make the last-eight stage in the light welter weight 64kg division.
Another Indian boxer to make the quarter-finals was Lakhbir Singh, who knocked out Vietnam's Pruong Dingh Hoang in the third round of his opening bout.
Their wins take the total number of Indian boxers in the quarter-finals to five after South Asian Games gold-medallist Chhote Lal Yadav (56kg), Santosh Harijan (52kg) and Jasveer Singh (81kg) booked their berths.