BANGKOK, April 25: Amit Panghal (52kg) and Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) remained on course for their second successive international gold medals this year and India looked good to notch up its best ever performance in the Asian Boxing Championships here on Thursday.
Panghal and Bisht were the most impressive on a day when Shiva Thapa’s (60kg) unprecedented fourth successive semifinal appearance ended with a bronze after a gruelling battle which could have gone either way.
Deepak Singh (49kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) joined Panghal and Bisht in the men’s finals, while Pooja Rani (81kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg) advanced to Friday’s summit clashes in the women’s draw.
Panghal defeated China’s Hu Jianguan in a split verdict, which was a surprise given that the Indian was clearly the more dominant of the two boxers and dictated the bout with his tremendous pace and aggression. – PTI