Indian Boxer defeats Olympic champion to bag gold at Asian Games

India creates history once again! This time in Boxing. The 22-year-old Indian boxer, Amit Panghal successfully defeated 2016 Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the men’s 49kg final to clinch the gold medal at the ongoing Asian Games 2018, being held at Jakarta, Indonesia.

It was not that easy to outsmart the tough champion but Amit made it look so. Interestingly, Amit was the only Indian boxer who made it to a final at the quadrennial event. He had clinched a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games previously this year and a bronze medal at Asian Championships last year.

Credits: Indian Express via Reuters

Addressing the reporters after the match, “I had lost to him before, so I had to take revenge. Coach Santiago (Nieva) and other coaches had prepared me well. In the semifinal, I did not play the first round well, here I did not repeat that mistake,” he said.

“The coach asked me get him on counter-attack. The training in England and at the camp in India helped. I had sparred with southpaw boxers at both places. I knew how to take advantage of the upper cut,” he said.

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