Vijender loses in semis to get bronze, cries foul

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

India's Vijender had to be content with a bronze medal from the Asian Games boxing arena after losing his semi-final bout in the men's 75 kg category.

Vijender loses in semis to get bronze, cries foul

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India's Vijender had to be content with a bronze medal from the Asian Games boxing arena after losing his semi-final bout in the men's 75 kg category in controversial circumstances on Sunday. After his narrow 24-29 defeat, the Indian boxer alleged that Bakhtiyar Artayev, his opponent from Kazakhstan, got the upper hand because of the faulty awarding of points. "I played hard, but I was not successful. In the first round my opponent got four points, although I did not take too many hits. You get points in boxing for right punches but for left punches, it has to be very clear. But he was getting points for his left punches, which was very unfair. I did not take so many blows," Vijender claimed after the bout. "There were unfair decisions in the first round, which my coach agrees with. Artayev is an Olympic medallist, a very good fighter, but next time I will beat him," he said. The 21-year-old pugilist, a SAF Games gold-medalist and a silver winner in Commonwealth Games this year, mounted a spirited challenge against Artayev before ending up as the loser at the Aspire Hall. Vijender unleashed a flurry on punches and managed to bag his share of points in all the four rounds. But the Kazakh boxer used all his experience to ensure that he kept scoring crucial points to send the Indian packing. Vijender's exit leaves Varghese Johnson the only Indian in the fray, after having got a walk over in the quarters. (PTI)



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