Asian Games 2018: Amit Panghal beats Olympic champion to win boxing gold

first_imgAmit Panghal won gold in the 49kg category after beating reigning Olympic champion and world championships silver-medallist Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Saturday.The 22-year-old Armyman, who had won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, won the final 3-2. Incidentally Amit had lost a close quarterfinal contest to Dusmatov in the Hamburg world championships last year.Amit, making his debut at the Games, showed immense tactical brilliance, especially in defence to outwit the Uzbek. The Haryana-boxer extracted sweet revenge for the narrow loss in Hamburg, keeping his range and striking some clean right hooks and jabs to his shorter and slightly edgy opponent.Amit won gold at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria earlier this year and has been enjoying a breakthrough season. He is also an Asian championships bronze-medallist.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSAmit secured India’s 14th gold at the Asian Games 2018 and helping the contingent become record the highest-ever medal haul in the sporting meet’s history.GOLD forWhat a match! #AmitPanghal wins the final in style. Corners Rio Olympic Champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of with absolute speed and power in a split decision in the Light Fly (49Kg)Weight. Way to go Champ. #PunchMeinHaiDum #AsianGames2018 #BoxtoGlory pic.twitter.com/mwVxnjpv7CBoxing Federation (@BFI_official) September 1, 2018India have won 66 medals at 20198 Asian Games, which now reads 14 gold, 23 silver and 29 bronze.ASIAN GAMES DAY 13: LIVE UPDATESAmit was the lone Indian boxer to make the final in the ongoing edition, beating Philippines’ Carlo Paalam in another 3-2 verdict. In a see-saw battle which swung decisively in his favour in the final three minutes, Amit recovered from a shaky opening round. The Filipino was aggressive but Amit too managed to connect just enough right straights to fetch a split verdict in his favour.advertisement”It wasn’t the best of starts by Amit, he took time to settle down, did well in the second round but the Filipino came back strongly in the third. Amit managed to get some clean ones to clinch it. It was very tense,” Indian boxing’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI.”It’s time to beat Dusmatov. Amit was not as strong as he is right now at the world championships, the strength difference was evident then but now, Amit is a lot more stronger. I think Dusmatov will be under pressure tomorrow,” said Nieva.On Friday, an injured Vikas Krishan (75kg) had to settle for bronze after being declared medically unfit for his semifinal.The 26-year-old was to take on Kazakhstan’s Amankul Abilkhan, but unfortuantely had to settle for bronze.”There is inflammation in retina as well and it is too risky to let him fight. He will have to take a break for a few weeks,” an official of the contingent told PTI.Vikas has, however, managed to script history by becoming the first Indian boxer to clinch three successive Asian Games medals.He had won a lightweight 60kg category gold in Guangzhou 2010, before winning a middle-weight bronze in the 2014 edition in Incheon.The Haryana-boxer sustained the cut during his pre-quarterfinal bout and the injury aggravated during his gruelling quarterfinal clash against China’s Tuoheta Erbieke Tanglatihan.The former world championships bronze-medallist, who won a gold at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, overcame the bleeding to assure himself a medal.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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