Indian pugilist, Gaurav Bidhuri has been on impressive form for his team Italia Thunders in this year’s World Series of Boxing (WSB). The semi-professional prize-fighting event held by the International Boxing Association saw the Indian win three of his last three bouts comprehensively.
The Impressive Road at WSB for Gaurav Bidhuri
Bidhuri’s third straight win in the WSB came against Astana Arlans and Kazakhstan’s Miras Zakhupov on the 25th April. Bidhuri won 2-1 against his Kazakh opponent and helped Italia Thunders win 3-2. The win also meant that Italia Thunders were placed third in the points table of Group B. Zakhupov is a bronze medallist at the World Championships and Astana Arlans Kazakhstan is currently the team at the top of Group B.
Prior to his win against Zakhupov, Bidhuri had notched wins against Grzegorz Sylwester Kozlowski of Rafako Hussars Poland and Orlando David Pinosilva of Caciques Venezuela. Both wins were comprehensive and were with the same margin – 3-0. The win against Pinosilva was Bidhuri’s first win in the event this year, after he lost his opening bout to Murad Rabadanov of Azerbaijan Baku Fires, 0-3.
The WSB is a qualifying event for the Olympics and qualifications are held for boxers through single championships. The team format of the WSB had two teams – A and B – where the teams at the top of each table would proceed to play-offs and then to the final.
Rules of WSB
The rules of WSB state that boxers competing would do so without any protective gear – like headgear and/or vests. There are five bouts in a match of three minutes each falling under the 10-Point-Must-System.
Before joining the Italia Thunder franchise, Bidhuri was associated with the Mumbai Fighters, which has been dissolved on account of financial problems. The Italia Thunders, meanwhile, have won the WSB once before, in 2011-12.