Tokyo: India’s boxer Amit Panghal had high hopes of a medal in the Tokyo Olympics, which were shattered on Saturday. Amit crashed out of the pre-quarterfinals of the 52kg category after losing 1-4 to Rio Olympic silver medalist Yuberjen Martinez of Colombia.
Martinez overwhelms Panghal
This was the first Olympics for top seed Amit Panghal and he got a bye in the first round. The Colombian boxer put pressure on Panghal from the very first round but Panghal made a comeback to register a 4-1 win in the first three minutes. After this he could not face Martinez’s speed.
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Martinez looks dangerous
Santiago Nieva, High Performance Director of Indian Boxing said, ‘They have practiced with each other. In some of them Amit performed better than today but in some it happened like today. This is not a surprising result because we have seen that this boxer is very dangerous.
Broken hope from Panghal
In the second round, Martinez made a powerful attack on Panghal, which the Indian boxers could not answer. This trend continued in the last three minutes as well and Panghal kept on defending only. Neeva said, ‘We knew why it could happen but we expected Amit to do better in the last two rounds’
Niva said, ‘He was not able to move and he was not even able to counter-attack. His over-defensive play also earned Martinez a lot of points. I have never seen Amit so tired against an opponent. He was not in his rhythm. We faced a very talented boxer.
Did amazing in Asian Games
Amit Panghal, who won Gold Medal in Asian Games 2018 and Silver Medal in World Championship 2019, has won three medals in Asian Games. At the same time, Martinez was a silver medalist in lightflyweight at the 2016 Rio Olympics.