Asian Boxing Championship: Shiva Thapa, Amit Panghal eye gold


Guwahati: Defending champion Amit Panghal (52kg), Shiva Thapa (64kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) will be in contention for gold medals as the Asian Boxing Championships comes to a close in Dubai on Monday.

Three Indian men will feature in gold-medal bouts on the final day. The women’s events came to a close on Sunday with Pooja Rani (75kg) clinching gold medal.

Panghal will be up against 2016 Rio Olympics and world champion Zoirov Shakhobidin of Uzbekistan while Thapa will face Asian Games silver medallist Baatarsukh Chinzorig of Mongolia. After ensuring a fifth successive medal at the event, Thapa defeated top seed and defending champion Bakhodur Usmonov of Tajikistan 4-0 in the semi final.

Men’s finals line-up (approximate timings):
Amit (52kg)- 7:45 PM IST 
Shiva Thapa (64kg)- 8:30 PM IST 
Sanjeet (91kg)- 10:15 PM IST

The event will be live-streamed on AIBA’s YouTube channel