Indian boxers are putting forward one of their best performances in the Asian Boxing Championship. Six boxers – Deepak Singh, Amit Phangal, Kavinder Singh Bisht, Pooja Rani, Ashish Kumar and Simranjit Kaur have booked themselves a final spot by winning their respective semi-final matches in the tournament.
It was a brilliant start of the day for the Indian camp as National Champion Deepak Singh (49kg) advanced to the finals of the prestigious tournament without even laying hands on his opponent. Singh was awarded with a walkover because his opponent Kazakhstan’s Temirtas Zhussupov was unable to compete due to an injury. Interestingly, it was a second successive walkover for Singh in the tournament.
Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) the Uttarakhand-born boxer was the star of the night. He upstaged his Mongolian opponent Enkh-Amar Khakhuu in a very aggressive match. Khakhuu in the first three minutes was very aggressive and inflicted a cut on Bisht’s right eye.
In the second round it was Bisht who gave his opponent some quick and mighty punches. The lion-hearted GeeBee Cup gold medallist, Bisht edged out his opponent in the last and won a draining fight 3-2 to make himself a place in the finals of the tournament. After reaching so far Bisht will be hoping for settling nothing less than a gold in the championship.
Ashish Kumar (75kg) had a slow start in the match against his opponent Iran’s Seyedshahin Mousavi. Mousavi clearly had the edge in the starting round but it was Kumar who dominated in the second and third round with his accurately-placed straight and hook punches and won the semi-finals bout to progress ahead in the finals of the tournament.
Amit Panghal (52kg) displayed a tremendous aggression and pace in his match against China’s Hu Jianguan. Panghal was the more dominant one throughout the match and by a surprise was handed a 4-1 split verdict victory. With this win, Panghal has stormed himself into the finals of the 52kg weight category of the championship.
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Pooja Rani (75kg) was up against Fariza Sholtay of Kazakhstan also won her respective matchup and by a unanimous decision emerged the winner of the semi-final bout.
Simranjit Kaur (64kg) the National Champion fought Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva in the last bout of the day. Kaur’s opponent was sluggish in the bout and it was all Kaur throughout the matchup, who stormed herself into the finals of the tournament with a unanimous 5-0 win.
Finishing with bronze medals after the semi-finals losses in the tournament was Shiva Thapa (60kg) who after a draining semi-finals match ended at the third place. The result of the match could have gone either way but at the end it was not in favour of the Indian. It was a fourth successive semi-final appearance for Thapa.
Also, among men boxers finishing with a bronze medal were Ashish (69kg), who was thrashed by his opponent Bobo-Usmon Baturov of Uzbekistan and Satish Kumar (+91kg), who was forced to give a walkover to his opponent Kazakh Kamshybek Kunkabayev because of an injury sustained in the previous quarter-final match.
Former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg), World Silver-medallist Sonia Chahal (57kg), veteran boxer and former champion Sarita Devi (60kg) and last edition’s silver medallist Manisha (54kg) were among the women boxers who lost their semi-final bout and settled with bronze medals in the championship.
Sonia was up against the local favourite Nilwan Techasuep and although she fought well in the match and was a better puncher than her opponent the decision went in favour of her rival.
Zareen was in a hard fought clash against Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam but lost the bout on a split verdict by the judges. Sarita lost her match against China’s Yang Wenlu and Manisha lost to Taiwan’s Huang Hsiao-Wen.
All the Six Indian boxers would be hoping of end their campaign on a high and win gold after reaching the finals of the Asian Boxing Championship.
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