Indian boxers ready to face-off the Cubans

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Indian boxing quartet of Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar, AL Lakra and Dinesh Kumar brace up to face Cuba and Russia in the semis of the AIBA World Cup.

Updated: December 12, 2008 12:05 IST
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They are gunning for gold but the task seems easier said than done as the Indian boxing quartet of Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar, AL Lakra and Dinesh Kumar brace up for a face-off with traditional powerhouses Cuba and Russia in the semifinals of the AIBA World Cup on Saturday.

"It's Cuba vs India in the semis but we are confident of doing well. All of us are fully fit and raring to go," Akhil, who faces Olympic silver medallist Yankiel Leon Alarcon, said.

Jitender and Lakra are also up against Cubans Hernandez Lafita and Idel Torriente respectively, while Dinesh faces Russian Artur Beterbiev.

The quartet has already made history at the event by ensuring an unprecedented four bronze medals, besides a prize money of $2,500 each. Their sensational performance has put India on the tied third spot in the overall standings behind Russia and Cuba.

Akhil, Jitender, Lakra and Dinesh have also combined to match the Cubans in the points-per-boxer-average due to the high scores they have so far managed.

Oozing confidence ahead of the big day, the quartet is taking it easy on the rest day to not let pressure build on them.

"We can't keep thinking about how big these bouts are. It's all about remaining calm. Our coaches - GS Sandhu and Jaidev Bisht - have worked really hard on us. Let's see how things pan out tomorrow," the 27-year-old Akhil said.

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