Six Indian boxers in final of Asian Games Test event

Jakarta: Six Indian boxers, including youth world champion Shashi Chopra (57kg), advanced to the finals while four others settled for bronze medals to round off a reasonably good day at the Asian Games Test event here.

Shashi and Pavitra (60kg) advanced to the summit stage in the women's draw.

Among the men, India Open gold-medallist Manish Kaushik (60kg), three-time King's Cup gold-medallist K Shyam Kumar (49kg), Shaikh Salman Anwar (52kg) and Ashish (64kg) entered the finals.

Shashi defeated Filipino Riza Pasuit in a split 4-1 decision in her semifinal bout. Awaiting her in the final on Thursday is Thailand's Ratchadaporn Saoto.

Pavitra, on the other hand, defeated South Korean Hwang Hyejung 5-0. She will also face a Thai in Nilawan Techasuep.

In the men's event, Manish, who is also a reigning national champion, sailed past Chinese Taipei's Lai Chu-Yen in a 5-0 triumph. He will square off against Japan's Rentaro Kimura in the gold-medal bout.

Shyam Kumar (49kg) advanced to the final after getting a walkover from his Malaysian opponent Mohammad Fuad Redzuan. He will square off against Indonesian Mario Blasius.

Anwar had to toil hard for a 3-2 win over Japan's Baba Ryusei and he will take on local favourite Rogen Ladon in the summit clash.

Ashish, in contrast, got the better of Indonesia's Libertus Gha with a unanimous verdict. Up next for him is Filipino Sugar Rey Ocana.

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