The Indian athletes never stepped behind in making their country proud at international events and in the ongoing AIBA World Boxing Championships 2019 also, talented Indian boxer Amit Panghal has done something like this only. The 23-year-old Asian Games gold medallist has scripted the history after becoming fifth Indian male boxer to win a medal at the World Boxing Championships and the first to reach the finals. All this happened when Panghal clinched the most important bout of his life against Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan.
Panghal pinned down the strong opponent Saken by a split (3-2) decision in the 52kg category semi-final clash at AIBA World Boxing Championships 2019 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. With this great unforgettable victory, Panghal secured at least a silver medal for his country in the prestigious tournament. He will now aim to chase a shining gold in the finals. The grand finale opponents for Amit Panghal has not been decided yet but it hardly matters for him as he is going to give his best irrespective whosoever will play against him the last round.
The other four Indian boxers who grabbed a medal in World Boxing Championships are Vijender Singh in 2009, Vikas Krishan in 2011, Shiva Thapa in 2015 and last but not the least Gaurav Bidhuri in 2017. But all of them were managed to clinch only a bronze medal in the glitzy tournament. Panghal is the first who registered at least a silver on his name.
Earlier in the Asian Boxing Championships 2019, Panghal lifted the Indian flag up by claiming the lustrous gold medal against Hasanboy Dusmatov in closely-contested finals. The young Indian player defeated Olympic gold medallist and best boxer awardee Dusmatov in the men’s 52 kg category. Notably, this was his maiden international competition since the star boxer has been moved to the category of 52 kg category from 49 kg category this year.
In February 2019 when Panghal won the yet another gold in Strandzha Cup at Sofia, he dedicated his medal to the martyrs of brutal Pulwama attack. The triumph made him the only Indian male boxer to grab a gold in that edition.