Akash Kumar, 21, lost to Kazakh teenager Makhmud Sabyrkhan 0-5 in the semifinals of the AIBA Men's World Boxing Championships; his bronze makes him only the seventh Indian to secure a medal.
When the referee raised his arm signalling the win, Akash's celebration was palpable. With both his arms pointing towards the sky, he roared with delight.
With just a win away from confirming medals for the country, Sanjeet will now take on Italian boxer Aziz Mouhiidine while Nishant will square off against Russia's Vadim Musaev in their quarterfinals.
The world championships would be the boxers' first international competitive outing after the Tokyo Games.
Lovlina Borgohain will fight it out in trials featuring medallists from the previous three editions of the tournament for a place in the camp.
With less than one month until the men's World Boxing Championships begin in Belgrade, the AIBA has unveiled 'Fair Chance, Fair Fight' as the theme of the competitions.