New Delhi, February 26: Commonwealth Games silver-winning duo of Manish Kaushik (60kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) led the charge as six Indian boxers advanced to the finals of the Makran Cup in Chabahar, Iran. In the semifinal bouts held on Monday evening, the other boxers who made the finals were Deepak Singh (49kg), P Lalitha Prasad (52kg), Sanjeet ((91kg), and Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg).
Kaushik, a national champion, defeated Ashkan Reizai 4-1. He will fight it out with Danial Baksh Shah in the final on Wednesday. Tuesday is the official rest day at the tournament. Satish, who is also a former Asian Games bronze-medallist, got the better of Eeman Ramazan 5-0, and will face Mohammed Mlias in the summit clash. Deepak defeated Malek Ammari 5-0 and set up a clash with Jaafer Naseri in the final.
Prasad out-punched Filipino Marvin Tobamo 5-0. In the final, he will square off against Omid Safa Ahmadi. Sanjeet, an India Open gold-medallist last year, blanked Pourya Amiri 5-0. He will fight for gold with Ehsan Bahani Rouz.
Duryodhan defeated Ali Moradi to enter the final, where he will be up against Sajjad Kezem. However, Rohit Tokas (64kg) and Manjeet Singh Panghal (75kg) lost to Bagher Faraji and Sina Safdarian respectively to sign off with bronze medals in the tournament.