Amit Panghal, Simranjit Kaur, Manisha in Cologne Boxing World Cup gold rush
Indian boxers finished the Cologne World Cup in Germany with nine medals -- three gold, two silver and four bronze medals.
Indian boxers Amit Panghal (men's 52kg), Simranjit Kaur (women's 60kg) and Manisha Moun (women's 57kg) landed gold medals in their respective weight divisions at the Cologne Boxing World Cup in Germany.
Tokyo Olympics-bound Panghal, the current AIBA flyweight world No. 1, got a walkover in the summit clash after his opponent pulled out of the final bout. Panghal had beaten France's Billal Bennama in the semis to earn his gold medal bout.
Simranjit Kaur, meanwhile, got the better of local favourite Maya Kleinhans in the title bout to clinch the top prize. The world championships bronze medallist showcased some quick footwork to outpunch her opponent and won by split decision.
In the all-Indian final in the women's 57kg event, Manisha Moun trumped two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Sakshi Choudhary 3-2 in a closely fought contest.
Another Indian finalist Satish Kumar (men’s +91kg) also had to settle for the silver medal after withdrawing from the summit clash against Germany’s Nelvie Tiafack.
The Indian superheavyweight, who has already qualified for Tokyo, unfortunately sustained an injury during his semi-final victory over France’s Djamili Dini Moindze and the team doctor advised him to sit out of the final.
Sonia Lather (women's 57kg), Pooja Rani (women's 75kg) Gaurav Solanki (men's 57kg) and Mohamed Hussamudin (men's 57kg) had earlier claimed bronze medals in their respective categories bringing India's total medals tally at the Germany event to nine.
The Cologne Boxing World Cup is the elite Indian contingent’s last stop in its training-cum-exposure camp in Europe, designed to prepare for Tokyo.
The boxers have been training at Italy’s Olympic Centre in Assisi and participated at the Alexis Vastine international boxing tournament in Nantes, France, in October, where they won three golds, one silver and three bronze medals.