Indian boxer Deepak Kumar produced a superb performance to produce an upset at the 72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria as he out-punched the reigning Olympic champion Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov in the men’s 52kg semi-final bout on Friday.

Showing composure in the ring, the Asian Championship silver medallist Deepak produced one of the best performances of his career to clinch a thumping 4-1 win against more fancied Zoirov, who was also the gold medallist at the 2019 World Championship title beating star Indian boxer Amit Panghal.

With this sensational victory, Deepak secured a place in the final and will aim to clinch the gold medal.

Later on Friday night, Naveen Boora will be seen in action during his 69kg last-four bout against Asian Games gold medallist Bobo-Usmon Baturov of Uzbekistan.

Deepak vs Zoirov scoreline (via Boxing Federation of India)