Indian boxer Gaurav Bidhuri will aim to book his place in the finals of the World Boxing Championships when he takes on American Duke Regan in the last-four clash of the bantamweight (56kg) category in Germany on Thursday. If he wins this semi-final encounter, he will become the first Indian boxer to win a medal better than bronze at the prestigious championships.
Bidhuri is the fourth Indian who has managed to reach this stage of the prestigious tournamant after Shiva Thapa in 2015, Vikas Krishan in 2011 and Vijender Singh in 2009. But they all settled for bronze medals.
The Delhi boxer, who got a last minute wild card entry in the ongoing tournament, defeated Tunisian boxer Bilel Mhamdi 3-0 in the quarterfinals via a split decision to make it to the semi-finals.
Bidhuri is the only Indian in the fray now after Amit Phangal and Kavinder Bisht bowed out following their quarterfinal losses.
(With ANI inputs)