Olympic boxer Indian boxer Amit Panghal (52kg) settled for a bronze medal at the Governor’s Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, after becoming world champion and well-known enemy Shahobidin Zoirov in the semifinals. Amit, a silver medalist at the World Championships, lost 5-0 to the Uzbek, who is also the reigning Olympic champion.
This was the second loss of the Indian from Zoirov after the World Cup in 2019. In this case, he had lost to Zoirov in the final.
Both boxers are scheduled for the games in Tokyo, which will be held in July-August. Zoirov was raised by Indian Asian silver medalist boxer Deepak Kumar at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria earlier this year.
Amit was the lone Indian who made the rounds for Governor’s Cup medals after experienced athletes such as Ashish Kumar (75kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) bowed early. The Haryana boy is considered a strong contender for a medal in Tokyo, despite the fact that this will be his first Olympic appearance.
The 23-year-old has been performing steadily for the past three years, vying for gold medals at the Asian Games and Asian Championships.
He also became the first finalist at the 2019 World Cup in India.