Tokyo, August 1
A badly bruised Satish Kumar (+91kg) put up a gutsy efficiency towards reigning world champion Bakhodir Jalolov nevertheless it was not sufficient to upstage the rampaging Uzbek because the Indian boxer made a quarterfinal exit right here as we speak.
Taking the ring with a number of stitches on his brow and chin after sustaining cuts within the pre-quarters, Satish misplaced 5-0. Satish, a two-time Asian Video games bronze-winner, had scripted historical past by simply qualifying for the Video games as he was the primary tremendous heavyweight from India to attain the feat.
“He’s a bit low proper now however when he settles down, he’ll realise how huge it was for him to struggle it out with these cuts,” Indian boxing’s Excessive Efficiency Director Santiago Nieva instructed PTI. “The struggle he gave regardless of the blows is praiseworthy. Each punch that Jalolov linked added to his ache, he was feeling all of it by,” he added.
The 32-year-old Military man stood his floor within the largest bout of his profession, often managing to land a shot together with his proper hand. However Jalolov dominated the proceedings all by, counting on his imposing manner and glorious counterattacking sport to sail by.
My spouse wished me to not struggle, says Satish
Regardless of the defeat, Satishsaid individuals had been congratulating him. “My cellphone hasn’t stopped ringing, individuals are congratulating me as if I received,” Satish mentioned. “I’m on remedy proper now however I understand how badly bruised my face is. My chin has seven stitches and my brow has one other six. Par marta kya na karta, I knew I wished to struggle. In any other case I might have lived with that remorse of what if. Now I might be at peace and in addition most likely just a little content material with myself that I gave my greatest,” he mentioned.
“My spouse had instructed me to not struggle. My father additionally mentioned that it’s an excessive amount of to look at me struggle like this. That’s not surprising, household can’t see you harm. However then they understood that I wished to do that,” mentioned the daddy of two school-going youngsters.
Had been his youngsters watching the bout? “Sure they had been, I’ve a son and a daughter (one in Class I and different in Class II) they usually had been each watching. I hope they felt proud,” he mentioned.
“Jalolov got here as much as me after the bout and mentioned ‘good bout’. It felt good to be acknowledged like that. Then my coaches additionally instructed me how proud they’re of me, that no one anticipated me to go this far,” the person from Bulandshahr mentioned. — PTI