Amit Panghal races into semis with a dominating win at Strandja Memorial


Commonwealth Games gold medallist Amit Panghal(51 Kg) entered the semifinals of the 75th Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Haryana boxer produced a dominating and lethal performance against Aldarkhishig Battulga of Mongolia in quarters and grabbed the match with a unanimous decision of 5-0.

In another quarter-final match, the National champion Sachin(57 Kg) was equally dominating against Kapanadze Giorgi of Georgia. The southpaw boxer took some time to find his rhythm, but once settled, he turned into a brutal force.

Amit Panghal and Sachin continue their prowess

Coming from dominating the last game, Amit Panghal continued the same and looked lethal throughout the match. He controlled the bout right from the start, giving his opponent little to no chance to make a comeback. The boxer from Haryana continued to build on the momentum and did not lose the grip of the game even for a second.

Amit was so dominant in the bout that he won each round with a 5-0 verdict en route making his way into the semifinals on Saturday.

On the other hand, Sachin won the first round 4-1 and took the game heads on in the second one, using his counter-attacking game to strike some effective left hooks. The opponent tried to be more aggressive in the third round, but Sachin comfortably won the bout with a 5-0 verdict. Sachin will now face Ukraine’s Abduraimov Aider in the semifinals on Saturday.

Amit Panghal
Sachin. Source: X

Other results:

On Thursday, Naveen Kumar (92kg) made his way into the semifinals with a 4-1 win over Kuttybekov Abzal of Kazakhstan. He will be up against Georgia’s Giorgii Kushitashvili on Saturday.

Amongst all the results on Friday, Rajat(67 kg) produced a brutal display of his power. He wasted no time and straight went into aggressive mode. Within 37 seconds, Rajat delivered a straight jab, breaking his opponent’s defense and also making him lose his balance, causing the referee to stop the bout and declare Rajat the winner by knockout. He will take on Georgia’s Guruli Lasha in the semifinals on Saturday.

In the final session on Friday, India produced another win as Akash(71 kg) humbled his opponent Eugene Mckeever with a 3-2 finish. In other bouts of the session, Deepak(57 kg) and Abhimanyu Loura(80 kg) were defeated by Javokhir Ummataliev of Uzbekistan and Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatihan of China respectively.

Lalit (54kg) made a quarter-final exit after losing the bout against Uzbekistan’s Nortojiev Khujanazar. Meanwhile, Jugnoo (86kg) and Sagar (+92kg) bowed out of the tournament with an identical 0-5 loss against Uzbekistan’s Djalov Samandar and Zokirov Jakhongir.

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