Defending champion Amit Pangal (52kg) defeated well-known enemy Saken Bibosinov of Kazakhstan to enter the finals of the Asian Boxing Championship on Friday.
The top-ranked Indian defeated Bibosinov 5-0. The Kazakh is a bronze medalist at the World Cup and lost to silver medalist Panghal in the semifinals of this event.
Panghal was in top form when he took control with his sharp counterattacks against the weaker defender Denis Bibosinov.
The Indian played the game of waiting to perfection, as the plan of the third placed Bibosinov to blind him with early aggression failed as the match progressed.
World number one Haryana became an aggressor in the final round, after Bibosinov was left without money. On Thursday night, four Indian women boxers qualified for the final.
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg), Lalbuatsaihi (64kg), Pooja Rani (75kg) and Anupama (+81kg) won their matches to face the summit. Of these, Pooja received a change after her opponent withdrew.
This was heartbreaking for two-time world youth champion Sakshi Chudari (54kg) as she lost her final position after her rival, first-class Kazakh Dina Jolaman, successfully challenged the narrow victory she had won in the last four stages.
Sakshi had won 3-2 in the regulations, but the decision was challenged by the Kazakh team and eventually overturned.