Asian boxing meet: Amit Panghal ends with silver, India seeks evaluation of loss


Dubai, May 31

Defending champion Amit Panghal (52kg) had to be content with a silver medal in this year’s Asian Boxing Championships after losing an exhausting final to known nemesis Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan, here on Monday.

Meanwhile, India has sought a review of Amit Panghal final loss

“The Boxing Federation of India tweeted that it is contesting the second round being awarded India has contested the R2 decision of the spilt verdict 2-3 and surprise loss of @Boxerpanghal in the finals of ASBC #AsianEliteBoxingChampionships in Dubai against reigning World & @Olympics champion S Zoirov,” the BFI tweeted.

Earlier in the tournament, Indian boxer Sakshi Choudhary (54kg) had lost her final spot in the Asian Championships after her rival, top-seeded Kazakh Dina Zholaman successfully challenged the narrow victory that the two-time youth world champion had clinched in the last-four stage.

The bout review system was introduced by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in 2019.

“She is a bit upset but understands that the fight was very close. I told her that she is young and has to prepare for the 2024 Olympics. I was angry about how things panned out. Sakshi is much better now,” Indian women’s boxing’s High Performance Director Raffaele Bergamasco told PTI.

The team manager or the head coach of the losing boxer gets 15 minutes after the decision is announced to submit their protest and complete the paperwork for it in the next 30 minutes.

Decisions with scores 5-0 or 4-1 are not reviewable under this system.

Each team is allowed up to two failed reviews.

“If the Technical Delegate determines, after consulting the Bout Review Jury, that the protest should be allowed to proceed, the bout will be reviewed by the Jury – the  Observer, the Referee Evaluator and the Judge Evaluator,” the AIBA had said.

In case of a protest claiming that an AIBA technical rule was violated by the referee, the aggrieved team has to specify the breach, the round in which it allegedly took place, and how it affected the final result.

The jury’s decision must be unanimous and will be final. 

Panghal lost 2-3 in what was a repeat of the 2019 world championship final, which had also ended in Zoirov’s victory.

The contest lived up to the hype with both the Olympic-bound boxers engaged in a fast exchange of punches from the very first round.

Zoirov claimed the opening round.

But in the second round, Panghal raised his game by a notch, evading Zoirov’s range with his pace and landing his left straights precisely. Zoirov, on the other hand, struggled to connect.

The two went all out in the third round but it was Panghal who was more impressive with his body shots despite an injured eye. He even had the judges’ verdict in his favour for the round but it was not enough to alter the final score-line.

With 15 medals, India surpassed its previous best-ever show at this Championship, achieved in 2019, when the country secured 13 medals in all, including two gold.

On Monday, Pooja Rani (75kg) was the lone woman boxer to strike  gold, while six-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg), and tournament debutants Lalbuatsaihi (64kg) and Anupama (81+kg) ended with silver medals after close losses in the finals.

Eight other Indians—Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg),  and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), and Jaismine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary  (64kg), Monika (48kg), Saweety (81kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) —  secured bronze medals after semifinal losses. PTI



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