Panghal, a 22-yr-old Armyman, beats Hasanboy Dusmatov, an Olympic and Asian champion
The Hush Post: India added another Gold medal to its tally at the Asian Games 2018 on Saturday when its boxer Amit Panghal (49kg) became the 8th Indian boxer ever to claim a gold medal with a stunning victory over reigning Olympic and Asian champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the final.
Panghal, a 22-year-old Armyman, the only Indian to make the finals, prevailed 3-2 against Dusmatov, who had defeated him in a split verdict in last year’s world championships, a report said.
Making his debut at the Games, Amit Panghal showed good tactical intelligence, especially in defence to outwit the Uzbek, who has an iconic status in international boxing. Dusmatov had won the silver medal in the world championship last year, the report said.
It was a sweet revenge for the pugilist from Haryana for his loss to Dusmatov in Hamburg, keeping his range and striking some clean right hooks and jabs to his shorter and slightly edgy opponent.
Notably, Vijender Singh and Vikas Krishan were the last set of male gold-medallists for India at the Asian Games. They had won their yellow metal at the 2010 Guangzhou edition. Vikas (75kg) settled for a bronze this time, the report said.