NEW DELHI, June 22: Commonwealth Games silver-winner L Devendro Singh (52kg) assured himself of his first international medal of the year by advancing to the semifinals of the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia today.
Devendro, who jumped to the flyweight category late last year, defeated Russia�s Dimitrii Yusupov to make the last-four stage of the tournament.
The triumph is a major confidence-booster for the 23- year-old from Manipur, who missed out on the Asian Championships earlier this year after surprisingly going down in the trials. He had also lost early in the Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria and the King�s Cup in Thailand.
Among other Indians in the fray, it was curtains for King�s Cup bronze-medallist Rohit Tokas (64kg), who lost to Chinzorig Baatarsukh of Mongolia.
Tomorrow, five-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg), who got a bye into the quarterfinals, will open her campaign against the winner of the bout between Russia�s Anna Aedma and Korea�s Chol Mi Bang. � PTI