On a mixed day, Shyam defeated Venezuela's Yoel Finol 2-1 in a thrilling contest, to advance to the semifinals, a pre-requisite to make the cut for the Youth Olympics to be held in Nanjing, China from August 16 to 28.
     
However, it was heartbreak for Gaurav Solanki (52kg) who lost 0-3 to China's L V Ping. Though he is out of medal contention, Solanki will fight it out for an Olympic quota place.
     
First to take the ring  was Shyam, who will next face Kazakhstan's Shalkar Aikhynbay. The Andhra Pradesh boxer had to ward off stiff resistance from his opponent before coming out trumps in the draining bout.
     
"This is the biggest win of my career," the 18-year-old said.
     
"I have won two gold medals and a silver in my previous international trips and I am now hoping to use it as a stepping stone to the senior level," he added.
     
The Indian started the bout well, taking the opening round, but Final fought back to equalise. However, Shyam raised his game in the decisive three minutes to pull off the win.
     
"Our boy fought with aggression. The other guy was taller than him but Shyam made good use of combination punches to stay ahead. It was a close bout without doubt but our boy was slightly better," national youth coach G Manoharan said.
     
Gaurav, on the other hand, could not replicate the grit that helped him brave fever in the quarterfinal bout. The Indian was beaten rather comprehensively except for some fightback in the final three minutes of the bout.
     
The Indians are competing under the International Boxing Association (AIBA) flag due to the termination following the federation's failure to comply with the world body's directives on holding elections.

 (Agencies)

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