Commonwealth Games gold medalist Amit Panghal and national champion Sachin entered the semi-finals of the 75th Strandja Memorial Boxing Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. Amit (51kg) continued his stellar performance with a 5-0 unanimous decision win over Mongolia's Eldarkhishig Battulga. Amit was looking lethal after a spectacular win in his last match. He controlled the match from the beginning and did not give any chance to his opponent to make a comeback. The Haryana boxer maintained his rhythm and did not lose his grip on the game even for a second.
Amit was so dominant in the bout that he won each round 5-0 till the semi-finals on Saturday.
Sachin (57kg) was equally dominant against Georgia's Kapanadze Giorgi. It took some time for the southpaw to find his rhythm, but once he did, he was powerful.
Sachin won the first round 4-1 and used his counter-attacking game to take the game forward in the second round with some effective left hooks.
In the third round the opponent tried to be more aggressive but Sachin easily won the match 5-0.
Now Sachin will face Ukraine's Abduraimov Aidar in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Rajat (67 kg), playing his first match in the tournament after getting a bye in the pre-quarters, wasted no time and went into aggressive mode from the very beginning.
Within 37 seconds, Rajat landed a direct blow, breaking his opponent's defense and unbalancing him, causing the referee to stop the bout and declare Rajat the winner by knockout.
Tomorrow he will face Guruli Lasha of Georgia in the semi-finals.
Lalit (54kg) bowed out in the quarter-finals after losing to Uzbekistan's Nortoziev Khujnazar.
The former World Youth bronze medalist kept the Indian boxer on the backfoot right from the start. As the match progressed, his relentless attack with quick moves turned lethal, resulting in a 0-5 defeat for Lalit.
Late Thursday night, Naveen Kumar (92kg) advanced to the semi-finals with a 4-1 win over Kutybekov Abzal of Kazakhstan. He will face Giorgi Kushitashvili of Georgia.
Jugnu (86kg) and Sagar (92kg) crashed out of the tournament with identical 0-5 defeats against Uzbekistan's Jalolov Samandar and Zokirov Jakhongir.
The Strandja Memorial is one of the oldest international sporting events in Europe and features over 300 boxers from 30 countries.
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