Monday, 18 October 2021

Boxer Amit Panghal makes tactical switch for Tokyo Olympics

Amit Panghal in action

The upcoming Olympic championship in Japan has raised confidence in 52 kg boxer Amit Panghal who didn't win his final at the Asian boxing championships but running close to his Uzbek opponent.

He almost did, shoving the 2016 Rio Olympics champion Shakhobidin Zoirov to the edge with a furiously attacking approach in the 52kg at the Asian Championships boxing final in Dubai on Monday. It was one fight Amit Panghal was anguished to nail before the Tokyo Olympics.

Panghal had lost to Zoirov at the world championships final in 2019 and a recent encounter in Russia. Panghal lost about, and the India coaches thought he must have done his way. But India's great Olympic medal hope in boxing will head to Japan confidently and get an opportunity almost upstaged his big rival for the first time in three meetings.

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Panghal felt it was the best experience he had fought against the Uzbek.
He said,

I think I did enough to win the bout. However, there is always an extent for growth, and I will be more prepared next time.
This competition has given me motivation. I played my best against Zoirov, and even the other boxers I faced were tough, and I was able to beat them.

Amit Panghal is an Indian boxer. Panghal was born on 16TH Oct 1995 in Mayna village of Rohtak district, Haryana. His father, Vijender Singh Panghal, is a farmer in Mayna. Amit Panghal won a silver medal in 2019 at AIBA World Boxing Championships in the Flyweight division. Panghal won a gold medal in Boxing at World Cup 2020.

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