Indian boxers continue to shine in the Asian Boxing Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. After some exciting matches in the quarters, here's how the Indian boxers are placed.
Asian Games gold medallist, Amit Panghal,knocked out reigning Olympic Champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the 52 kg category. It was a strategic win for Panghal as he finished the contest 4-1. With the win, he has now secured a semi-final birth.
Kavinder Singh Bisht (56 kg) stunned everyone with his impressive win against 2017 World Champion Kairat Yeraliyev. It was a hard-fought match as Bisht won the bout 3-2. Bisht along with three other Indian boxer’s have confirmed four medals in the tournament so far.
National champion and the Makran Cup gold medallist, Deepak (49 kg) secured a semi-final berth after he was awarded a walkover. Afghanistan's Ramish Rahmani couldn't compete due to an injury. This will be a first Asian Championship medal for Deepak.
Rohit Tokas (64 kg) lost his match against Mongolia’s Chinzorig Baatarsukh. A close contest that could have gone either way, went in favour of the Mongolian 3-2 as Tokas crashed out of the tournament.
The 2018 World Championship silver medallist, Sonia Chahal,registered a 3-2 win against Korean opponent Jo Son Hwa. The 21-year-old kept her calm and showed maturity in the evenly fought contest.
Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg), was outplayed by her opponent as she suffered a 5-0 defeat by the hands of Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei. It was a tough ask for Borgohain as Nien-Chine is the current World Champion.
Seema Poonia (81 kg) was also knocked out of the tournament by three-time World Champion Xiaoli Yang of China. It was a clean-sweep from Yang as she won the bout 5-0.
Later in the day, few more boxers will compete and try to make it into the top four and increase India's medal tally.
The three-time Asian Championship medallist, Shiva Thapa (60 kg) will continue his medal quest as he gears up for the quarter-final bout. Ashish Kumar (75 kg), Satish Kumar (+91 kg) and Ashish (69 kg) will be seen in action along with Naman Tanwar, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, who will begin his campaign in the 91 kg category.
Veteran boxer Sarita Devi (60 kg) would be eager to win a record sixth Asian Championship medal when she gets in the ring. Former World Junior champion Nikhat Zareen (51 kg) will also be contesting.
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