Dubai: Defending champions Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishna and debutant Varinder Singh have confirmed 15 medals for India by reaching the semi-finals of the Asian Boxing Championships. This tournament is the best for India in terms of the number of medals. Indian players had earlier won 13 medals in 2019.
Panghal did wonders again
Panghal defeated Mongolia’s Kharku Enkhmandakhi 3-2 in a hard-fought bout in the quarter-finals to clinch his medal for the second consecutive time in this competition. Phanghal, who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, emerging from a slow start, made some great punches in the last two rounds and turned the match towards him.
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 Sakyan Bibosinov of Kazakhstan. He defeated Bibosinov in the finals of the 2019 World Championships.
Vikas confirmed the bronze medal
Experienced development confirmed at least a bronze medal by defeating Moslem Maghsoudi Mal Amir of Iran 4–1.
Vikas suffered an injury against the Iranian boxer above his left eye, but he made a tough fight on the basis of a superb defensive game. They will have to overcome the tough challenge of top seed and current Asian Championship gold medalist Baturov Bobo Usamon of Uzbekistan in the last four matches.
While Varinder did not have much trouble defeating Jere Samuel Delle Cruz of the Philippines 5–0. Dela Cruz had no break in the national champion Varinder’s attack. He confirmed the medal in his first attempt of the tournament.
India confirmed 15 medals
Earlier on Thursday, four boxers including three women from India entered the semi-finals of the Asian Boxing Championships with an impressive victory. 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. Their next match will be against Sanjar Tursunov of Uzbekistan, who is seeded third.
In the women’s section, Sakshi defeated Ruhafzo Hakazarova of Tajikan 5–0 and will now face Dina Jolaman of Kazakhstan.
Jasmine defeated Mongolia’s Oentsetseg Yesugen 4–1 to advance to the final four where they face Kazakhstan’s Vladislav Kukta.
Simranjeet, who recently recovered from Kovid-19, defeated Rekhona Kadirov of Uzbekistan 4–1. His next match will be against Rima Voloshenko of Kazakhstan.