Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal continued his dominant run in the men’s 52kg category as he secured himself a World Championship medal by beating Philippines’ Carlo Paalam 4-1 on Wednesday. Panghal, who is also the reigning Asian champion registered a split decision win over the fiesty Philippino opponent to reach the semifinals of the big event. The second-seeded Panghal had earlier defeated Paalam in the Asian Games semifinals last year in Jakarta.
In the last-four stage, the Haryana-pugilist will be up against Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, who stunned Armenia’s European gold-medallist and sixth seed Artur Hovhannisyan in his quarterfinal showdown. Overall, Amit became the fifth Indian male boxer to win a medal at the World Championship. In the history of World Boxing Championship, only four Indian male boxers have clinched the elusive medal. Earlier, the likes of – Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan Yadav (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015), Gaurav Bhiduri (2017) have clinched the Bronze in World Championships.
The Indian was a quarterfinalist in the last edition of the world championship, losing a fiercely-contested bout to the then-defending champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the 49kg category.
Earlier, Panghal beat Turkey’s Batuhan Citfci and he lived up to the expectations when he soared to a comprehensive 5-0 victory to ensure a quarterfinals spot. Panghal will face Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov in the semifinal match on Friday.
Bibossinow defeated Armenia’s Artur Hovhannisyan 4-1 in the quarter-finals.