England’s Anthony defeats Vijender

first_imgIndia had a mixed day at the boxing competition of the Commonwealth Games as three of their boxers reached the finals, while the World No.1 boxer Vijender Kumar suffered a shock defeat to settle for bronze.Suranjoy Singh (52kg), Manoj Kumar (60kg) and Paramajeet Samota (+91kg) assured India of at least three silver medals by beating Pakistan’s Haroon Iqbal, Bahamas’s Valentino Knowles and Tonga’s F.A. Junior, respectively.But middleweight boxer Vijender’s defeat stunned the crowd at the Talkatora Stadium as he lost to England’s Anthony Ogogo 3-4 after being handed two warnings. Vijender was first warned for hitting his opponent on the back of his head and then for holding the Englishman.Interestingly, the England boxer defeated his Indian counterpart despite not landing even a single scoring punch. In fact, Vijender was undone by the warnings, each of which cost him two points.The decision created a huge furore as the Indian Boxing Federation lodged a protest to the jury but it upheld Canadian referee Michael Summers’ decision. “The jury reviewed the bout and decided that Vijender was holding his opponent and the referee was right in warning him.The Indian team pointed out that even Ogogo was holding Vijender, but the jury didn’t agree and gave the England boxer a clean chit,” Indian Boxing Federation secretary-general P.K. Muralidharan Raja said.He said he had no problems with the jury’s decision. Vijender was furious. “It is unfair. Even he (Ogogo) held me but wasn’t warned,” he said. Vijender was leading 1-0 after the first round.advertisementIn the next round, none of them scored any points. In the third round, Vijender hit two scoring blows and extended his lead to 3-0, but then the Canadian referee Michael Summers handed the warning twice to Indians which resulted to an unexpected ouster of the brightest Indian contender for gold medal.Ogogo, exulting after perhaps the biggest win of his career, said, “a boxer of Vijender’s stature should not have acted the way he did in the ring”. “Critics will say that Vijender lost because he was handed a warning twice but the reality is that I was not given scores even after clear punches.Had those points been given to me, I would have been an outright winner.” Earlier, Commonwealth Championships gold medallist Amandeep Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and nine-time national champion Dilbag Singh (69kg) had to be content with bronze medals after losing their semi-final bouts.Jai lost to Thomas Stalker of England 5-10 after he was also warned twice. In the evening session, Suranjoy crushed Iqbal, the younger brother of professional star Amir Khan, 9-3.Manoj played a mixed game of attack and defence to register a 2-1 win over Knowles. In the final on Wednesday, Suranjoy will face Benson Njangiri of Kenya, while Manoj is pitted against Bradley Saunders of England who beat Louis Colin of Mauritius 10-7. Samota will play Abdul Haqq Tariq of Trinidad.last_img