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Satish Kumar has revealed that his wife asked him "not to fight" and also his father said that "it is too much" to watch him fight like this
India's first super-heavyweight Olympic boxer Satish Kumar went down fighting as he missed out on a medal after losing to Uzbekistan's Bakhokdir Jalolov in the quarter-final of the men's +91kg at Tokyo Olympics 2020 on Sunday (August 1). Despite the loss, the boxer has earned praises for showing an immense courage as he turned up against his opponent with 13 stitches on his face that he sustained during the pre-quarterfinals.
However, the Commonwealth Games silver-medallist has revealed that his wife had asked him "not to fight" and also his father said that "it is too much" to watch him fight like this. In an interview with PTI, Satish said, "My wife had told me not to fight. My father also said that it is too much to watch me fight like this. That's not unexpected, family can't see you hurt. But then they understood that I wanted to do this."
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He opened up about his injury and said, "My chin has seven stitches and my forehead has another six. I knew I wanted to fight. Otherwise, I would have lived with that regret of what if. Now I can be at peace and also probably a little content with myself that I gave my best."
After getting a medical clearance to fight, the 32-year-old boxer displayed a spirited performance in the fight but lost to the technically superior Uzbekistan boxer by unanimous decision.
Also not that, all five Indian men boxers have been knocked out of the tournament, the other four were eliminated in their their respective opening rounds.
However, female boxer Lovlina Borgohain has bagged a medal for India by advancing to the semi-final.
Satish Kumar is also a two-time Asian Games bronze-medallist and a multiple-time national champion. He is and the first super heavyweight from India to qualify for the Olympics.
After the bout, he said, "My phone hasn't stopped ringing, people are congratulating me as if I won."
(with inputs from agencies)