Thailand Open Boxing Tournament: Amit Panghal punches his ticket to the final

In all, seven Indian boxers, including Tokyo Olympian Ashish Kumar, will contest the finals on Saturday in their respective categories. India has won three bronze medals so far.

Picture by Boxing Federation of India

Indian boxers Amit Panghal, Ananta Chopde and Sumit made their way into the final while three women signed off with bronze medals at the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament 2022 in Phuket on Friday.

Manisha Moun (57kg), Pooja (69kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg) are the three women pugilists who ended their campaigns after conceding losses in their respective semi-finals.

The 2018 Asian Games champion Amit Panghal started the day's proceedings aggressively when he outclassed Vietnam’s Tran van Thao in a one-sided 52kg semi-final. Panghal showed a brilliant display of counter attacking boxing and swift movement to register a commanding win by unanimous decision.

Ananta Chopde too produced a strong show against another boxer from Vietnam Bui Trong Thai and notched up an easy 5-0 win in the 54kg category.

In the 75kg semis, Sumit faced a tough challenge from Kazakhstan’s Ayatulla Takizhanov. But the Indian managed to hold the edge over his opponent before securing a thrilling 4-1 victory.

Later in the day, Pooja and Manisha Moun fought hard but suffered losses by similar margins 4-1 against Thailand’s Baison Manikon and the Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Italy’s Irma Testa, respectively while Kachari lost 5-0 to Hergie Bacyadan of Philippines.

With Ashish Kumar (81kg), Monika (48kg), Govind Sahani (48kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) already entering the finals on Wednesday, seven Indians will now fight for gold medals on Saturday with an aim to better the last edition’s record of one gold medal.

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