Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) put up a dazzling display to sail into the pre-quarter-finals at the AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships (WBC) in Ekaterinburg, Russia today.
Second-seeded Panghal was immaculate in his first bout of the tournament and demolished China's Taipei’s Tu Po-Wei. Panghal scored 5-0. He was later set up on a showdown with Turkey’s Batuhan Citfci.
In a highly defensive first round, Panghal took time settling in but soon scored back with landing punches on his opponent. Both Amit Panghal and his competitor remained guarded in the first round and switched to a more pro-active and aggressive mode in the next round.
Amit Panghal evaded his opponent well before delivering his combination blows to rob the Taipei pugilist of his confidence. The Asian Championships gold medallist did not relent in the final round and ensured his opponent did not find a way back into the bout in a spectacular performance that sealed the victory deal for him.
"Today's bout was good and the opponent was a tough one. I have played him in Asian Championships before where I had defeated him 3-2. This time, my strategy was to score more and I was more aggressive right from the beginning, said India No 1 male boxer. "
He further added, "my next opponent is from Turkey and he is a tall boxer. We will watch his videos and plan accordingly for the next bout."
With this victory, Indian boxers continued their unbeaten run at the AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships (WBC) this year. In the past four days, players from India, Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg) and Brijesh Yadav (81kg) have all made a winning start to their respective campaigns. Negi had to work hard to achieve a 4-1 victory over Armenia’s Koryun Astoyan, whereas Kaushik notched up a convincing 5-0 win over Kyrgyzstan’s Argen Ullu Kadyrbek while Brijesh dominated Poland's Maleusz Goinski 5-0.
On Sunday, Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) and Makran Cup silver medallist Sanjeet (91kg) will be competing in a challenge after receiving byes in the opening round.
Panghal, Bisht and Ashish Kumar (75kg) have been seeded this time as a total of four Indian boxers got first-round byes at this elite championship where 488 athletes from 89 countries will be aiming for the medal.