Indian pugilist Satish Kumar was knocked out of the quarter-final of the men's super heavyweight category at the Tokyo Olympics. A win against Bakhodir Jalolov would have assured Satish of a medal but winning the bout was going to be an uphill task for the boxer.
Satish Kumar's opponent in the game was the reigning world champion. The Indian showed a lot of aggression and had the right intent throughout the bout however, Satish was unable to counter the Uzbek's height and reach in spite of the repeated attacks.
Satish Kumar earned a lot of praise from the Indian fans on social media for his courageous display in the ring. The boxer had suffered cuts around his right eye during his Round of 16 bout and had been deemed fit for this encounter only a few hours before the bout.
Indian supporters took to Twitter to praise the 32-year-old Olympian and here is a glance through some of the tweets.
Tough like a rock ! He entered into ring with several stitches on face due to injury of last fight . Still faught like a champion against world number one . Wins or defeats don't decide a champion- will and determination do #SatishKumar pic.twitter.com/15DpdU23Dx
— Pankaj Nain IPS (@ipspankajnain) August 1, 2021
— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) August 1, 2021
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) August 1, 2021
The smattering of blood that oozed out of the cut over Satish Kumar's right on Jalalov's shoulder. It spoke volumes of Satish's courage not to have pulled out after multiple cuts in PQF.#Olympics
— Kushan Sarkar (@kushansarkar) August 1, 2021
Superb fight from #SatishKumar! Really didn’t give up against a physically & technically dominant boxer like Jalolov & kept on despite his injuries reopening...you’ll only do much better from here on! #Boxing #TeamIndia #Tokyo2020 #Cheer4India
— Abhinav (@abhinav_k316) August 1, 2021
Thats probably known as “the fighting spirit” #SatishKumar brought the fight to the world Champion against great odds .. like true champions Bakhodir Jalolov acknowledged the effort giving Satish the right of way to exit by raising the ropes for him to exit first #boxing pic.twitter.com/J6z6A2wohx
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) August 1, 2021
— Somit Biswas (@somit09) August 1, 2021
— Kapil Dhama (@kapildhama) August 1, 2021
"Not saying he's going to get anything out of this. But he is making it as tough as he can make it for his opponent."
With odds stacked as heavily against him as they were here, with stitches over his eye, this is one lion hearted effort by Satish Kumar. Respect. #Boxing pic.twitter.com/QiLMSsypmM
— Naman Agarwal (@CoverDrivenFor4) August 1, 2021
What an absolute warrior you are Satish Kumar - I thought the first round was but anyway what an amazing fight and incredible courage shown by Satish - onwards and upwards @Tokyo2020hi
— Parth Jindal (@ParthJindal11) August 1, 2021
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