Rohtak boy Amit Panghal has become the first Indian to win a silver medal at the World Boxing Championships. Even he lost to Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov in the finals of 52 kg category, the final scoreline did not do justice to his spirited performance.
Panghal’s silver medal ensured that India returned from the event with two medals. Earlier, Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Manish Kaushik had won a bronze in the 63 kg category.
A tweet by the Boxing Federation of India read, “Bharat ki shaan- Amit Panghal @Boxerpanghal became the first ever male boxer to win the silver medal at the #AIBAWorldBoxingChampionships 2019.”
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) September 21, 2019
Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs tweeted, “Heartiest congratulations to @Boxerpanghal on winning #India’s first silver at #BoxingWorldChamoionships. You have made the country proud champion! ??? Long way to go.”
You have made the country proud champion! ??? Long way to go! pic.twitter.com/kZWUFltJuy
— YAS Ministry (@YASMinistry) September 21, 2019
When the bout started, both Panghal and Zoirov were reluctant to adopt an aggressive approach. However, the fight became intense from the second round as the Uzbek boxer began to attack Panghal, who tried his best but ended up losing the match 5-0.
Panghal’s coach recalled how he used to test his patience because of indiscipline during his training days. “Oh, we used to be so frustrated with him. He wouldn’t come back from leave on time, wouldn’t show up for training on time. But then he had this amazing eye-catching game, we just couldn’t have given up on him despite the indiscipline,” News agency PTI quoted Panghal’s coach CA Kuttappa as saying.
Panghal had earlier won a bronze in the Asian Championships in 2017. While Panghal was seeded second in the competition, his Uzbek rival was unseeded.