The 22-year-old boxer, Amit Panghal from Haryana bagged the gold medal in the finals of the men’s 49kg bout in the Asian Games 2018. Panghal has become the first Indian to succeed in winning gold in boxing in Asian Games 2018, by defeating 2016 Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan.
According to the Times of India, Dusmatov and Panghal had encountered each other for the first time in the world championship last year in Hamburg, where Panghal had lost to the Olympic champion. The young Indian boxer bounced back and defeated the same opponent in Asian games this year.
Have watched many videos of his opponent
Amit, in his debut at the Asian games, showed commendable tactics in defending the iconic international boxer and prevailed a score of 3-2. The Uzbek boxer is known for his extraordinary counter-strikes, but when Panghal refused to fall into the trap of his strikes, Dusmatov ended up showing frustration in his moves, which worked in favour of Panghal.
“I had lost to him before, so I had to take revenge. Coach Santiago (Nieva) and other coaches had prepared me well. In the semifinal, I did not play the first round well, here I did not repeat that mistake” said Amit, as reported by The Hindu.
“He is a southpaw, and they are rare. So, we had prepared for this bout by watching many of his videos, studying his techniques and shortcomings. I had prepared well for this bout, and it helped,” he added.
About Amit Panghal
Amit Panghal is an Indian boxer from Mayna village of Rohtak district of Haryana. Amit says, he got inspired to take up boxing in 2009, from his elder brother who works in the Indian army. Making a debut, in National Championships 2017, Panghal won the gold medal. In May 2017, he also won a bronze medal in the light flyweight category in Asian Amateur Boxing Championships 2001, in Tashkent, and qualified for the AIBA World Boxing Championships in 2017 where the Olympic gold medalist Dusmatov had defeated him.
The Logical Indian congratulates Amit Panghal and his family on this whopping success and making the country proud.