India’s Boxer Satish Kumar was knocked out in the quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics. Up against world No.1 Bakhodir Jalolov, he lost 0-5 in the men’s 91kg category. Satheesh is India’s first super heavyweight boxer to compete in the Olympics.
Satish, a two-time Asian Games bronze-winner and multiple-time national champion, had scripted history by just qualifying for the Games.
Satish sustained two cuts during his pre-quarterfinal showdown against Jamaica’s Ricardo Brown.
The 32-year-old Army man stood his ground, occasionally managed to land a shot with his right hand but Jalolov dominated the proceedings all through, relying on his imposing demeanor and excellent counter-attacking game to sail through.
Satish’s forehead cut expectedly opened up during the third round but he fought through even with that.
Jalolov, a 27-year-old footballer-turned-boxer, acknowledged his rival’s bravery at the end of the bout after securing his maiden Olympic Games medal.
With this the Indian men’s boxing campaign came to an end in the Games.
In the meanwhile, PV Sindhu, the sixth seed, will be in action against eighth seed He Bingjiao of China in the bronze medal match. Elsewhere, the men’s hockey team would look to move closer to the final when they meet Great Britain in the quarterfinals.