Boxing: Amit Panghal fails to defend title, Thapa loses bid to regain gold
New Delhi, May 31, 2021
Amit Panghal failed to defend his title while Shiv Thapa lost his bid to regain the gold as the two Indians suffered identical 2-3 defeats in hard-fought finals at the 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai on Monday.
Amit went down to Olympics champion Zoirov Shakhobidin in a bitterly contested 52kg final. The Indian fought hard against the world champion but could not breach the Uzbek's defence at crucial moments and suffered 2-3 defeat with a 29-28, 28-29, 28-29, 28-29, 30-27 scoreline.
Amit could not defend the title he had won in 2019. This is his overall third and first silver medal in the Asian Championship.
Thapa (64kg) also lost his bout by a split 2-3 verdict against Asian Games silver medalist Baatarsukh Chinzorig of Mongolia.
Thapa, the world championships bronze medalist is only the second male boxer to win five medals at the Asian Championships.
The 27-year-old Assam boxer has previously won gold in 2013, silver in 2017 and two bronze in 2015 and 2019.
The 19-member Indian contingent has secured an unprecedented 15 medals and ensured the country’s best-ever show surpassing the previous best of 13 medals (2 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze) achieved during the 2019 edition in Bangkok.
Later on Monday, Sanjeet is scheduled to play the 91kg final.
Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) have secured bronze medals in the men's section after losing their semi-final matches.
Last night in the women’s section, Pooja Rani (75kg) clinched her second successive gold medal while seasoned campaigner Mary Kom (51kg), Lalbuatsaihi (64kg) and Anupama (+81kg) grabbed silver medals. Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Jaismine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (54kg), Monika (48kg) and Saweety (81kg) secured bronze as all the boxers of 10-member Indian women’s team returned with medals.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has allocated US$ 4,00,000 prize money for the championships. The gold medalists of men’s and women’s categories are awarded with US$10,000 each while the silver and bronze medal winners take home US$ 5,000 and US$ 2,500, respectively.