Asian Boxing Championships: Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishan reach semifinals


Indian boxing stalwart duo Amit Panghal and Vikas Krishan made their way into the semi finals of the ongoing Asian Boxing Championships currently hosted in Dubai, increasing the country’s assured medal tally to 15.

Following the success of Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Sakshi (54kg), Jaismine (57kg) and Sanjeet (91kg), all four of whom earned their last four berths on Tuesday, Panghal and Krishan marked their victories in their respective weight classes on Wednesday.

Facing Kharkhuu Enkhmandakh of Mongolia in the men’s 52kg quarterfinal bout, Panghal edged out with a neck to neck clash, winning the fight 3-2. Despite the repeated head shots from Enkhmandakh, Panghal was quick on his feet and was able to breach the Mongolian’s defence, following up with some well connecting body jabs.

Having clinched his third back to back Asian Championship medal, Panghal will be squaring off against Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan, a former adversary whom Panghal had defeated in the 2019 World championships semifinals.

Fighting in the 69 kg category, Krishan delivered a dominating performance over Moslem Maghsoudi of Iran. Despite sustaining an eyebrow bruise, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist used proper countering techniques to overpower the Iranian 4-1.

Along with Panghal and Krishan, Varinder Singh outperformed Samuel Dela Cruz of Philippines by a whopping 5-0 victory in the men’s 60 kg quarterfinal bout, courtesy of marvellous footwork and jabs and left hooks.

Sanjeet, who booked his semi final spot with a clean 5-0 win over Jasur Qurbonov of Tajikistan yesterday, repeared the same dominating performance against Jasur Qurbonov of Tajikistan with a 5-0 finish to the 91 kg last four.

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