New Delhi:  Asian Games silver medallist Dinesh Kumar (81kg) and Balwinder Beniwal (69kg) lost their opening round bouts to their respective opponents in the Giraldo Cordova Cardin Memorial Boxing tournament in Havana, Cuba on Saturday.

After a scintillating start yesterday, day two of the event turned out to be a bit of a dampener for the Indian boxers.

Balwinder, playing in the welter weight category, was the first to take to the ring and was up against Roniel Iglesias of the Cuba main team.

Roniel, a bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and gold medallist (64 kg) at the Milan World Championship, made things difficult for the 20-year-old.

Balwinder, who was a silver medallist at the same event last year, put up in his best against the former world champion but the Cuban had an answer for everything.

In the end, the technique and experience of the Cuban fighter turned out to be superior to that of Balwinder's, who lost on points 12:26.

The second boxer in the fray, Olympian Dinesh Kumar also came up short against the Yamaguchi Florentino of Brazil 14:24 on points.

The final score, however, does not do justice to the way the 20-year-old played.

Despite fighting valiantly, Dinesh unfortunately could not translate all his punches into points. On the other hand, Florentino, who is a prized WSB fighter, was throwing more
punches at close range and that worked in the Brazilian's favour.

But day three of the tournament will witness five Indian boxers, who would take to the ring at the Ramon Fonst multi-sports hall.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Suranjoy Singh, CWG bronze medallist Amandeep Singh, Asian Games silver medallist Nanao Singh and Shiva Thappa will all be making their first appearance in the tournament.

Santosh Harijan, who stunned the officials and spectators with his superb performance in the first round, will fight Mozambican Cramido in the second round.

(Agencies)