Amit Panghal has made history by becoming the first Indian male boxer to reach the finals of the Men’s World Boxing Championships. Panghal defeated Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibissonov 3-2 in the 52kg category to enter the finals. Now, he will be up against Rio Olympic champion, Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov for the gold on Saturday.
Sports Authority of India (SAI): Boxer Amit Panghal beats Saken Bibossinov 3-2 in 52 kg category, to become the 1st Indian to reach the final at Men’s World Boxing Championships. Panghal will play Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov for the gold tomorrow.
— ANI (@ANI) September 20, 2019
On the other hand, Manish Kaushik lost the semi-final 0-5 in the 63kg category against reigning world champion Andy Cruz Gomez of Cuba. Panghal and Kaushik entered the semi-final on Thursday, assuring two medals for India in the Men’s World Boxing Championships.
So far, Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2019) have won the bronze medal in World Championships for India. Now, Manish Kaushik will be one of them. However, India can hope for gold when Amit Panghal takes on Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov on Saturday.