Meet the 1st Indian male boxer to enter WC final

Meet the 1st Indian male boxer to enter WC final

Indian boxer Amit Panghal creates history by becoming the first Indian male boxer to reach the gold medal match at World Championships. Amit defeated Saken Bibissonov from Khazakstan with 3-2 in a split decision verdict to reach the final in 52kg category. The finals will be held on Saturday and Panghal will be up against Shakhobidin Zoirov who is the Rio Olympic champion.

On the other hand, Manish Kaushik settled for bronze as he lost his 63kg category semi-final 0-5 to world champion Andy Cruz Gomez of Cuba. However, on Thursday itself, both Panghal and Kaushik had entered the unchartered territory for India when they advanced to the semi-finals and assured two medals from the Championships. This is a history-making as having two Indian semifinalists at the marquee event for amateur boxers is unprecedented and highly laudable.

Amit Panghal claimed a 49kg category bronze in the 2017 Asian Championships and since then, his hard work has been paying off excellently. He won consecutive gold medals at the Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria, before becoming the Asian Games champion in 2018. Now, Indian fans are just sending best wishes and prayers to Panghal that he comes home with a massive Gold.

On this, Panghal said "It is a great feeling to become the first Indian to qualify to the World championships finals. I will make sure to get Gold for my country and will give my best for it".