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Indian Boxer Vikas Krishnan Wins Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament, Adjudged Best Boxer

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| February 26 , 2018 , 18:16 IST

75-kgs Indian boxer got a double delight by not only winning the Gold medal but also being adjudged as the best boxer in the event. The latter was a first for an Indian to achieve this feat.

The 26-year-old defeated world championships bronze-medallist Troy Isley of the USA in the middle-weight (75kg) finals to claim his first medal since the Asian Championships bronze last year in April-May.

Weight issues were something of the bother the boxer claims he maintains it better and feels stronger now more than ever. The win carries more value as Vikas had a hand injury going into the fight.

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Along with Vikas, Amit Panghal (49kg) claimed a gold medal, rounding off India's best ever performance at the tournament. The country ended with a whopping 11 medals – five from men and six from women boxers. In all, the contingent clinched two gold, three silver, and six bronze medals.

Meanwhile, famous female boxer MC Mary Kom (48kg), Seema Poonia(81+kg) and Gaurav Solanki(52kg) won silver medals. Meena Kumari Devi (54kg), L Sarita Devi (60kg), Saweety Boora (75kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg) won the bronze medal.