Thailand Open boxing: Amit Panghal in semis, four enter final

Amit Panghal returned to competitors 10 months after his shock first-round loss in the Tokyo Olympics, scoring a unanimous win over house favorite Thanakon Aonyaem in the Thailand Open boxing in Phuket on Wednesday.

Panghal, the 2019 world championships silver medallist, was demolished by Colombia’s Yuberjen Martinez 4-1 in Tokyo final year. Confidence dented, the flyweight (52kg) boxer took a break and didn’t participate on the senior nationals late final year. He was omitted of the Indian squad initially earlier than being included early this year.

On Wednesday, Panghal was tentative in the beginning earlier than successful the shut first spherical 3-2. Panghal although discovered his vary in the second spherical. He moved properly and was extra aggressive, going for his trademark overhead punches. Aonyaem had help in the sector however Panghal dominated the subsequent two rounds to win the quarterfinal 5-0.

Ashish Kumar, who additionally competed in the Olympics, continued his positive run to enter the final. Monika, Govind Sahani and Varinder Singh have been the others to progress to the final. Ashish Kumar beat Maikhel Roberrd Muskita of Indonesia 5-0 in the boys’s 81kg semi-final.

In ladies’s 48kg class, Monika, who defeated two-time world championships medallist Josie Gabuco in the quarters, beat Tran Thi Diem Kieu of Vietnam in the semis. Govind was made to sweat by Vietnam’s Nguyen Linh Phung in an intensely fought males’s 48kg semi-final. Govind, nevertheless, gained by a cut up 4-1 choice.

Bhagyabati Kachari reached the 75kg semi-final with a 5-0 victory over Thailand’s Pornnipa Chutee in 5-0.

In the boys’s 60kg division, Varinder Singh received a walkover in opposition to Palestine’s Abdel Rahman Abunab. Rohit Mor (57kg) lost 0-5 to Thailand’s Rujakran Juntrong.

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