Defending champion Amit Pangal (52kg) advanced to the semi-finals and secured a second consecutive medal at the Asian Boxing Championships after overcoming a tough challenge from Mongolian Harkuu Enkhmandah in the final eight stages here on Wednesday. With this sum of medals secured in India, it swelled to 13.
The World Cup Indian, who won silver, won 3-2 in a high-octane race in which he overcame a slow start and used his combinations with strokes to show effect in the last two rounds.
After being slightly surpassed in the first three minutes, the pace of the Army’s trademark came to the fore in the second round as he skillfully escaped his opponent’s aggressive attempts to connect.
The Mongol made several subtle blows to the body to upset Panghal, but made quite a few hits in the counterattack.
Late Tuesday night, Sanjit (91kg), Sakshi (54kg), Jaismin (57kg) and Olympic Simrandjit Kaur (60kg) joined Shiva Tapa (64kg) in the final four stages after winning their quarter-finals.
They added to the seven medals, including that of six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg), which were guaranteed on the day of the draw.
India Open gold medalist Sanjit defeated Tajikistan’s Yasur Kurbonov 5-0 to advance to the men’s semifinals with Tapa. His next opponent is the silver medalist from the last edition, Sanjar Tursunov from Uzbekistan, who is ranked third this year.
In the women’s race, Sakshi (54 kg) won better than Tajik Ruhafzo Khakazarova with 5: 0 to create a clash against the most productive Dina Jolaman from Kazakhstan.
Jaismine passed Oyuntsetseg Yesugen from Mongolia 4-1 and will now face Vladislava Kukhta from Kazakhstan.
Simrandjit, who recently recovered from COVID-19, defeated Raikhona Kodirova of Uzbekistan 4-1. Her next opponent is also Kazakhstan’s Rima Volosenko.