Paramjeet Samota showed exemplary courage and excellent footwork as he became the first Indian boxer to enter the medal round by defeating South Korean rival Park Sungkeum in the +91kg quarterfinal bout on Thursday. The referee stopped the contest after the second round, at which stage the Indian was leading by nine points to four.On a good day for the Indian boxers at the Foshan gymnasium, Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Amandeep Singh (49kg) also advanced in their respective weight categories.Amidst the backdrop of Indians failing to win gold medals in other sports, it was left to the boxers to lift the gloom on Thursday. It was refreshing and reassuring for a handful of fans as Suranjoy and later Samota outsmarted their opponents in a ruthless way.Samota is likely to meet China’s Zhang Zhilei and the Indian pugilist said he was prepared for him. “I know the crowd support for the home boxer will be enormous, but I am mentally prepared for it,” he said.Samota led 5-2 in the first round after sending a flurry of right hooks. There was no let up in the second round as he collected four points. Earlier, Suranjoy was again slow to start with as he picked up just two points against Korean Jeu song. He was, however, steady in the second round before the Korean managed to land a left to log his first point. But the dramatic last round saw the Korean outscore him five points to four.When the buzzer sounded with the Indian leading 8-6, he received a thunderous applause from the crowd. “It became too close for comfort even though I was sure of winning today,” said Suranjoy. As for Amandeep Singh, he was all aggression, taking a nine point lead against Fahad Ahmed Alfaifi of Saudi Arabia. The referee stopped contest after two minutes and 52 seconds.advertisementIn the 56kg category, India’s Chhote Lal Yadav lost his round of 16 bout to Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu 7-4 to bow out of the competition.