Indian boxers Amit Panghal and Satish Kumar bagged medals at Cologne World Cup in Germany on Saturday. While Panghal bagged a Gold medal, Satish bagged a silver.
PANGHAL AND KUMAR’S MATCHES WERE WALKOVERS
Interestingly, both of the matches were walkovers, although only one of them went in favour of India. Panghal was given a walkover by German pugilist Argishti Terteryan. On the other hand, an injury prevented Kumar to fight against Nelvie Tiafack. The aggravation of the injury reportedly happened in Kumar’s semifinal match against France’s Djamili Dini Moindze.
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PANGHAL HAS HAD AN INTERESTING CAREER
Panghal, who won the gold medal in his debut appearance at the National Boxing Championships in 2017, has had an interesting career until now. On 21 September 2019, Panghal became the first Indian boxer to win the silver medal at the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships. In March 2020, Panghal qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after he defeated Philippines’ Carlo Paalam in the 52kg quarterfinal.
FATES OF OTHER INDIAN PUGILISTS WERE MIXED
In the women’s 57kg category, the final is all Indian, as Sakshi and Manisha both reached the top two. The two boxers will now face each other in the final, which will be held late on Saturday night.
Manisha was victorious against two-time world championship silver medal-winning compatriot Sonia Lather by a margin of 5-0. Sakshi was victorious against Germany’s Ramona Graff by a margin of 4-1.
Some Indian fighters won bronze medals. They include Pooja Rai, who went down to Dutch boxer Nouchka Fontijn. Mohammed Hussamuddin lost to German Hamsat Shadalov, and his 57kg compatriot Gaurav Solanki lost to France’s Samuel Kistohurry.
The Cologne Boxing World Cup is the Indian contingent’s last stop in its training-cum-exposure camp in Europe, designed to prepare for Tokyo. The boxers have been training at Italy’s Olympic Centre in Assisi and participated at the Alexis Vastine international boxing tournament in Nantes, France, in October, where they won three golds, one silver and three bronze medals.
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