After Amit Panghal’s silver and Manish Kaushik’s bronze, India have finished the World Boxing Championships with their best ever medal tally. 

Amit Panghal

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amit Panghal’s campaign at the World Championships ended with a historic silver
  • Panghal lost the final 5-0 to Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov
  • Panghal became the first male Indian boxer to win a silver at World Championships

Amit Panghal put on a valiant effort but lost the intense 52kg final against Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov to settle with a historic silver at the World Boxing Championships.

Panghal lost 0-5 to reigning Olympic champion Zoirov to win India’s first silver medal by a male at the World Boxing Championships. Before this year, India had never won more than one bronze medal at a single edition of the world championships.

After Panghal’s silver and Manish Kaushik’s bronze, India have finished the Worlds with their best ever medal tally.

Earlier, Panghal became the first male Indian boxer to qualify for the final of a World Boxing Championships beating Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibbisinov by split decision in the flyweight (48-52kg) semi-final.

The 23-year-old was a quarterfinalist in the World Championships the last time around. Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017) are the only other Indian boxers who have medalled at this event previously all bronze.

Panghal has been one of India’s most consistent boxers in the recent past.Ever since Panghal went on to win the bronze at Asian Championships in 2017, the 23-year-old has been on an upward trajectory.

Panghal won the Asian Games gold medal in 2018, months after winning the silver medal in Commonwealth Games. Panghal warmed up to the World Championships this year with a gold at the Asian Championships in April 2019.

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