Panghal (-49kg) is the lone Indian boxer to make the final in the ongoing edition in Indonesia and he ensured a golden end to the campaign.
India’s Amit Panghal won a stunning gold in the men’s -49kg beating reigning Olympic Champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan by a split decision at the Asian Games on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Armyman, the only Indian to make the finals, prevailed 3-2 against the more fancied Dusmatov, who had beaten him in a split verdict in last year’s world championships. Boxer Amit Panghal got past the Olympic Champion Hasanboy Dusmatov to win a gold medal in Boxing in Men’s 49kg category.
Panghal was the Lone Indian Boxer to make the final in the ongoing edition in Indonesia and he ensured a golden end to the campaign.
The first round seemed to be pretty even as the India kept his distance against the Olympic champ but got in a few of his own. Panghal was quite sharp in the second round and seemed to hold his own against Dusmatov who looked he was going through the gears. Dusmatov wasn’t able to land any big blows while Panghal was able to hit a couple.
The 22-year-old boxer, who hails from Rohtak district in Haryana, had earlier clinched the silver medal in at 2018 Commonwealth Games in the light flyweight category along with a gold at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria.
The gold medal is India’s second medal in boxing after Vikas Krishnan had to, unfortunately, bow out of the 75kg men’s category semifinal owing to an injury in the eye.