Gaurav Bidhuri guarantees India a medal at the World Boxing Championship

The bantamweight boxer prevailed in a split decision in the quarters to make final four, becoming the second Indian boxer to do so in his world championship debut. The only other Indian to have achieved the feat was Vikas Krishan, in the 2011 edition.


A massive moment for Indian boxing as wild card entrant Gaurav Bidhuri became only the fourth Indian boxer ever to secure a medal in the World Boxing Championship after defeating Bilel Mhamdi to enter the semifinals.

Besides Gaurav, ViKAS Krishan (2011), Vijender Singh (2009) and Shiva Thapa (2015) have been the country's only other medalists at the marquee event of the sport.

However, Bidhuri is not satisfied with his achievements, yet as he has set his sights on the coveted gold medal.

"My father was the one who inspired me to take up boxing. While growing up he always used to call me a 'world champion'. I want to make his words come true. I would love to create history for India and come home as a champion," he added.

"It is unbelievable. I have been struggling with a severe back pain for the last 7-8 months," an ecstatic Gaurav said after the match.

"I kept my mind controlled and focused on the match. I  won first two rounds and then focused on maintaining the lead," he added.

The bantamweight boxer prevailed in a split decision in the quarters to make final four, becoming the second Indian boxer to do so in his world championship debut. The only other Indian to have achieved the feat was Vikas Krishan, in the 2011 edition.

The 24-year-old will face American Duke Ragan in the semifinals after Wednesday's rest day.