Asian Boxing Championships 2021: Asian Boxing Championships: Amit Panghal enters semis, medal number 13 for India: Asian Boxing Championships: Panghal reaches semi-finals, 13 Indians have been confirmed medals so far
Defending champions Amit Panghal (52kg), Vikas Krishna (69kg) and debutant Varinder Singh (60kg) clinched 15 medals for India by reaching the semi-finals of the Asian Boxing Championships on Wednesday.
Veteran Vikas defeated Iran’s Moslem Maghsoudi Mal Amir 4–1 to secure at least a bronze medal. This is India’s best performance in the tournament in terms of the number of medals. Indian players had earlier won 13 medals in 2019. Panghal, who has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, recovered from a slow start with some brilliant punches in the last two rounds to turn the tide of the match.
After losing the opening three minutes (the first round), the Army boxer was able to show his familiar style in the second round, cleverly thwarting the rival boxer’s attack attempts.
The Mongolian boxer struck some fine punches on Panghal’s body but the Indian boxer’s counter-attack surprised him. To reach the final, Panghal will now have to overcome the challenge of Saken Bibosinov of Kazakhstan. He had defeated Bibosinov in the final of the 2019 World Championships.
Vikas had an injury against the Iranian boxer above his left eye, but he made a tough fight on the strength of his superb defensive game. They will have to overcome a tough challenge from top seed and current Asian Championship gold medalist Baturov Bobo Usamon of Uzbekistan in the last four matches.
Dela Cruz had no break of the national champion Varinder’s jabby attack. He assured a medal in his first attempt of the tournament.
Earlier on Thursday, four Indian boxers, including three women, entered the semi-finals of the Asian Boxing Championships with impressive victories. Sanjeet (91 kg), Sakshi (54 kg), Jasmine (57 kg) and Simranjit Kaur (60 kg), who qualified for the Olympics, clinched medals by winning their quarter-final matches late on Tuesday and reaching the final four. .
Seven of India’s medals were assured on the day of the draw. These include six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51 kg). Shiva Thapa (64 kg) also made it to the semi-finals on Wednesday. India Open gold medalist Sanjit defeated Jasur Kurbonov of Tajikistan 5-0 to enter the semi-finals of the men’s section with Thapa. They next face Sanjar Tursunov of Uzbekistan who are seeded third.
Now 15 players from India have secured medals this year. Of these, 10 are women and three are men. In the women’s section on Tuesday, Simranjit Kaur (60 kg), Sakshi (54 kg) and Jasmine (57 kg) made it to the last-4 stage. Six-time world champions MC Mary Kom (51 kg), Lalbutsai (64 kg), Lavlina Borgohain (69 kg), Pooja Rani (75 kg), Monica (48 kg), Sweety (81 kg) and Anupama (plus 81 kg) ) Will start directly from the semi-finals. All these women will play their match on Thursday. Apart from Amit, Vikas Krishna (69 kg) and Ashish Kumar (75 kg) will face four other Indian boxers in the quarter-final round on Wednesday on the third day of the championship. Narendra (plus 91) and Varinder Singh (60 kg) are also the other two boxers who will enter the ring with the intention of starting with a win in the tournament and ensuring a medal for the country.
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