Boxing: Gaurav Bidhuri settles for bronze at the World Boxing Championship

The difference between two was minimal and not as big as the final scoreline suggests. Four of five judges gave 30-27 verdicts in favour of Ragan while one scored it a 30-26.


Boxer Gaurav Bidhuri was making a wave in the World Champions, cursing through the semifinal bout after entering the tournament as a wild card entry but his incredible journey came to end when he faced off with Duke Ragan of the United States.

The bantamweight fight ended with Duke winning 5-0 and the Indian had to settle for a bronze, missing out the chance to create history by becoming the first Indian to enter the final at the mega event if he had managed to win the fight.

24-year-old Gaurav making his debut at the senior World Championship started the fight aggressively, trying to land punches but the American, who is also making his debut, used his strong defence to absorb repeated attacks from Gaurav while using a quick counter to land important punches on regular occasions.

The difference between two was minimal and not as big as the final scoreline suggests. Four of five judges gave 30-27 verdicts in favour of Ragan while one scored it a 30-26.

Gaurav became the fourth Indian boxer after Vijender Singh, Vikas Krishan and Shiva Thapa to finish on the podium at this prestigious tournament. Vijender became the first Indian boxer to clinch a medal at the World Championships in 2009 while Vikas took bronze in 2011 and Thapa in 2015.