After Amit Panghal, India’s Shiva Thapa (64 kg) also lost in the final of the Asian Boxing Championships, he also had to be content with the silver medal. On Monday, the last day of the tournament, Asian Games silver medalist Batsukh Chinjorig of Mongolia defeated Thapa 3–2 in the title match.
Thapa created history despite defeat
This was Shiva Thapa’s fifth consecutive medal at the Asian Championships. Thapa won gold in 2013, followed by a bronze in 2015 in Bangkok. Similarly, in 2015, Thapa won a silver medal. Thapa’s
Amit Panghal could not save the title
Earlier, defending champion Amit Panghal lost in the 52kg final to Rio Olympic gold medalist and defending world champion Uzbekistan boxer Zirov Shakhobidin. Thus, Amit could not defend the title he had won in 2019. Shakhobidin defeated Asian Games champion Top Seed Pangal 3–2.
Panghal kept fighting with an injured eye
When Joirov prevailed in the first round, Panghal raised his game level in the second round and managed to avoid the opponent’s quickness and punches. Panghal played a strong game in the third round despite an eye injury and got more points from the judges in this round, but he lagged behind on the basis of total points.
Pooja Rani gets gold among women
Earlier, Indian women performed brilliantly and won a total of 10 medals. On Sunday, defending champion Pooja Rani (75 kg) bagged the gold medal while losing in the finals to six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51 kg) and tournament debutants Lalbutsahi (64 kg) and Anupama (over 81 kg). Later had to be satisfied with the silver medal. The special thing is that Indian women won medals in every weight category and gave India better success from 2019, when India won 13 medals in Bangkok.
Bronze medal to eight boxers
Earlier eight Indian boxers Simranjit Kaur (60 kg), Vikas Krishna (69 kg), Lavlina Borgohen (69 kg), Jasmine (57 kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (64 kg), Monika (48 kg), Sweety (81 kg) And Varinder Singh (60 kg) got the bronze medal.
Increase in prize money this year
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has allocated US $ 4,00,000 prize money for this championship. Gold medalists in the men’s and women’s categories are being awarded US $ 10,000, while silver and bronze medalists are being awarded US $ 5,000 and US $ 2,500 respectively. The tournament was attended by 150 boxers from 17 countries, including strong boxing nations like India, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Philippines and Kazakhstan.
(With input from agencies)