Defending champion Amit Panghal (52kg) needed to be content material with a silver medal on this 12 months’s Asian Boxing Championships after shedding an exhausting ultimate to identified nemesis Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan, right here on Monday.
The Indian misplaced 2-Three in what was a repeat of the 2019 world championship ultimate, which had additionally led to Zoirov’s victory.
The competition lived as much as the hype with each the Olympic-bound boxers engaged in a quick trade of punches from the very first spherical.
Zoirov claimed the opening spherical.
However within the second spherical, Panghal raised his recreation by a notch, evading Zoirov’s vary together with his tempo and touchdown his left straights exactly. Zoirov, alternatively, struggled to attach.
The 2 went all out within the third spherical however it was Panghal who was extra spectacular together with his physique photographs regardless of an injured eye. He even had the judges’ verdict in his favour for the spherical however it was not sufficient to change the ultimate score-line.
With 15 medals, India surpassed its earlier best-ever present at this Championship, achieved in 2019, when the nation secured 13 medals in all, together with two gold.
On Monday, Pooja Rani (75kg) was the lone lady boxer to strike gold, whereas six-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg), and match debutants Lalbuatsaihi (64kg) and Anupama (81+kg) ended with silver medals after shut losses within the finals.
Eight different Indians — Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), and Jaismine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (64kg), Monika (48kg), Saweety (81kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) — secured bronze medals after semifinal losses.