Army chief Gen M.M. Naravane on Saturday complimented Naik Subedar Deepak Kumar for entering the finals of the 72nd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Asian silver-winner Kumar (52kg) on Friday had stunned Olympic and world champion Shakhobiddin Zoirov of Uzbekistan to storm into the finals.
Kumar clinched one of the most memorable wins of his career with a 4-1 victory over more fancied Zoirov, who had claimed the 2019 world championship title beating India’s Amit Panghal.
Zoirov is also a silver-medallist from the Asian Games and the championships.
In the quarterfinals on Thursday, Deepak Kumar defeated Bulgaria’s Darislav Vasilev 5-0.
However, former youth world champion Jyoti Gulia (51kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg) bowed out of the women’s competition.
With their loss, India’s challenge in the women’s draw has come to an end without anyone managing to secure a medal.
India won three medals at the previous edition of the event (one silver and two bronze).