President’s Cup: India’s Nutlai Lalbiakkima claims bronze after semi-final loss to Erzhan Zhomart

New Delhi: Indian boxer Nutlai Lalbiakkima (49kg), who upstaged Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the quarter-finals, settled for a bronze medal along with two others after a semi-final loss in the President’s Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Lalbiakkima lost to local favorite Erzhan Zhomart to bow out in the semi-final stage.

“For us, the bout belonged to Lalbiakkima. He turned in another exceptional performance but unfortunately this time, he ended on the losing side,” coach Jai Singh Patil, who is traveling with the team, told PTI.

Also ending with bronze medals were former World Youth Champion Sachin Siwach (52kg) and Priyanka in the women’s draw.

Sachin lost to Filipino Rogen Ladon in his semi-final clash.

“The competition in this tournament is world class. The draws were big and featured A teams of countries like the USA and Uzbekistan. We can be proud of our performance so far,” Patil said.