Suranjoy fights his way to final

Suranjoy fights his way to final

The Indian, who is competing for the Asia One team, beat his rival from the Americas Two team 10-4 in a lopsided bout.

The 22-year-old Manipuri will now take on Europe Two’s Nordine Oubaali, a Frenchman who got a walkover in his semifinal bout, in the final on Friday.

Suranjoy shunned aggression for caution in the opening round and preferred to counter-attack against an aggressive Avila, who is a pan-American Games bronze medallist. The strategy worked well as the Indian took a slender 2-0 lead in the first three minutes.

“It was a deliberate approach to be defensive to start with because the other guy was going all out. Suranjoy kept his cool and scored with some well-executed left straights and cross punches,” national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu, who has been invited as one of the four coaches for the two Asian teams, said.

Suranjoy adopted a more aggressive approach in the second round and scored through some hard-hitting uppercuts to take his lead to 7-2.

The final round followed a similar script and the Indian continued to dominate to eventually clinch the bout 10-4. “I am thrilled to be doing well in such a prestigious event. Hopefully, I can win a gold,” said Suranjoy.