Shiva Thapa (56kg) was the lone Indian boxer to make the final after Olympic-bound Vikas Krishan (69kg) settled for a bronze medal following his loss in the semifinal of the 43rd men’s and women’s Grand Prix in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic.
Shiva, who has been picked in the team for next month’s Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Kazakhstan, defeated Czech Republic’s Patrik Velky 9-5. He will now face Vittorio Jahyn Parrinnelo of Italy in the summit clash.
Vikas, on the other hand, lost to Cuba’s Despaigne Arisnoide 9-14.
“Both the boxers fought well but unfortunately Vikas lost. Shiva has been in good form ever since he came on the senior level last year and he showed why he is considered a promising talent. He was sharp as usual with his reflexes and has a solid defence,” coach Jagdeep Hooda, who is with the team, told PTI from Usti nad Labem.