The Asian Championship silver medallist boxer Deepak Kumar progressed to the men's 52kg semi-finals with a 5-0 win against local boy Darislav Vasilev on the fourth day in Sofia, Bulgaria. With this victory, Deepak became second Indian after Naveen Boora (69kg) to seal a spot in the semi-finals in the on-going tournament and also assured a second medal for the country.
Continued his sensational run at the 72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament, Deepak dominated throughout the match. Deepak was swift in his movement inside the ring and his speedy footwork did not allow his Bulgarian opponent any chance to score.
Deepak and Naveen will play Uzbekistan boxers in their respective last-4 clash on Friday night. While Deepak will face a strong challenge from Rio Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov, Boora will be up against Asian Games gold medallist Bobo-Usmon Baturov.
Meanwhile, Indian women boxers Jyoti Gulia (51kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg) suffered 5-0 defeats in their quarter-final bouts.