Asian Boxing Olympic Qualifiers: Amit Panghal one win away from qualification

Panghal will now face 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medallist Carlo Paalam of Philipinnes. One more win would be enough for the 24-year-old to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
 

Asian Boxing Olympic Qualifiers: Amit Panghal one win away from qualification

Amman: World Championships silver medallist and top seed Amit Panghal (52kg) moved into the quarter-final of the boxing Asian Olympic qualifiers with a narrow 3-2 win over Mongolia's Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu in Amman on Saturday.

Panghal will now face 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medallist Carlo Paalam of Philipinnes. One more win would be enough for the 24-year-old to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Panghal had previously faced Kharkuu at the World Military Games in October 2019 where he ended up losing 5-0. On Saturday, he held the upper hand in the first round as he constantly moved around the ring and made it difficult for his opponent to land his punches on target. This was reflected in the score at the end of the round in which the judges ruled in his favour by majority.

Kharkhuu however started stifling Panghal for space in the second round and started landing punches from close in. Panghal's movements also seemed to have taken a toll on him as he started tiring out towards the end of the second round which the judges eventually ruled in Kharkuu's favour by split decision.

Panghal looked completely out of gas in the third but managed to keep his guard up while landing accurate punches. In the end the judges deemed that enough to let him through to the quarter-finals. The final score was 30-27, 29-28, 28-29, 28-29, 29-28 in Panghal's favour.

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