India’s medal hopeful Amit Panghal to compete in Tokyo Olympics as boxing seed
Indian Amit Panghal received a boost of confidence ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, as he was ranked world No. 1 by the Boxing Task Force (BTF) in the 52kg flyweight category.
The 25-year-old has reserved his spot for the March 2020 Olympics, after beating Carlo Paalam in the quarter-finals of the Asia and Oceania Olympic boxing qualifying tournament.
The victory meant he was among the top six players in the tournament, which was the qualification criteria for the Olympics.
The boxer has shown good consistency over the years. This is the second time he has been ranked world No.1 by the BTF, the first time in February 2020. The feat made Amit Panghal the first Indian boxer to be ranked No.1 in any weight division since Vijender Singh in 2009..
The leaderboard will not only be a confidence booster, but will also help Panghal get a good draw in the event. The first place would mean he would be the first favorite in the competition.
The event will be a knockout competition featuring the 32 best boxers in the world, where the top eight seeds will meet from the round of 16.
Speaking of the eight seeds, one of his biggest threats would be Uzbekistan Shakhobidin Zoirov.
Zoirov is the reigning flyweight champion, winning gold at the 2016 Olympics. He beat Amit Pangal twice, once in the AIBA World Boxing Championship final and again in of this year’s Asian Championship.
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Amit Panghal’s success and wish before the Olympics
Unlike Zoirov, Amit Panghal is an amateur boxer who won his first medal at the Asian Championships in 2017 and has three medals in the lightweight flyweight category. But in accordance with the new rules in place this year, the lightweight flyweight category has been abolished.
Speaking of his success in the flyweight category, Panghal went on to win gold at the 2018 Asian Games and the 2020 Boxing World Cup. He added a silver medal to his cabinet at the World Championships. AIBA boxing 2019.
The last medal won by the Olympian is bronze, which came in the qualifiers for the 2020 Asia-Oceania Boxing Olympics.
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Amit Panghal will make his Olympic Games debut this year. Nine Indian boxers, including Panghal, will face off in Tokyo for gold. The boxing event will start from July 28 and run until August 7.
The player also expressed the wish to the federation to take his childhood coach to the Tokyo Olympics.
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