Dubai: Former champions Amit Panghal (52kg), Shiv Thapa (64kg) had to be content with silver medals after losing in a close bout of the Asian Boxing Championships. India, however, demanded a review against the result of Panghal’s match, which was rejected by the jury.
Among Indian boxers, only Sanjit Kumar (91kg) won the gold medal at the Asian Boxing Championships, defeating Olympic medalist Vasily Levitt. Sanjeet Kumar to Levitt 4. 1 and established his reign in this tournament.
Rio Olympics gold medalist and reigning world champion Zoirov Shakhobidin of Uzbekistan once again defeated Panghal 3-2 in the final match of the 2019 World Championships. In the second round, Panghal was completely overwhelmed by the opposition boxer while a fractured verdict was given in his favor. The outcome of the review will be known later.
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Boxing Federation of India tweeted, “The Boxing Federation of India has tweeted that ASBC will appeal against Amit Panghal’s unexpected defeat in the final.”
India has registered PROTEST
India has contested the R decision of the spilled verdict – and surprise loss of @boxerpanghal in the finals of ASBC #AsianEliteBoxingChampionships in Dubai against reigning World & @Olympics champion S Zoirov of #PunchMeinHaiDum#boxing pic.twitter.com/Xt09rwbxVP
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) May 31, 2021
Amit Panghal, referring to his coach after the match, tweeted, ‘I give this silver medal to my coach Anil Dhankar.’
This silver medal, in the name of the youth of my country, my coach Anil Dhankhar, I wish he was here in Dubai at this time,@KirenRijiju Sir just wish that he should stand with me at the time of Tokyo Medal. @Media_SAI @BFI_official @AjaySingh_SG @ipspankajnain @DGSAI @debojo_m @aapkadharam @AapkaPanghal pic.twitter.com/SL8ujv7d13
— Amit Panghal (@Boxerpanghal) May 31, 2021
Thapa also lost to Mongolia’s Batarsukh Chinjorig of Mongolia by the same margin. This is Thapa’s fifth medal in this tournament. He won the silver medal for the second time in a row. Indian boxers showed a strong game in both the matches but the judges’ decision was not in their favor.
India has contested round 2 decision of the spill verdict 2-3 & surprise loss of Amit Panghal against reigning World and Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in the final of the Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai: Boxing Federation of India
– ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2021
In the first match, there was a fierce competition from the first round between the two boxers who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. While Zoirov was overpowered in the first round, Panghal raised the level of his game in the second round and managed to avoid the agility and punches of the opponent.
Panghal showed a strong game in the third round even after suffering an eye injury and in this round he got more points from the judges but he fell behind on the basis of total points. Thapa also made a spectacular comeback against the Mongolian boxer after losing in the first round. India has done its best in terms of numbers in this tournament with 15 medals. The team had earlier won 13 medals including two gold in 2019.
On Sunday, defending champion Pooja Rani (75kg) clinched the gold medal after losing in the finals to six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) and tournament debutants Lalbutsahi (64kg) and Anupama (+81kg). Later had to be satisfied with the silver medal.
Earlier 8 Indian boxers Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Jasmine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (64kg), Monika (48kg), Sweety (81kg) And Varinder Singh (60kg) got the bronze medal.