Shiva Thapa, Amit Panghal storm into finals of Asian Boxing Championship


Guwahati:  Assam’s ace boxer Shiva Thapa emerged victorious in the 64 kg last-four clash against defending champion Bakhodur Usmonov of Tajikistan with a score of 4-0. Continuing his top-class performance, he bags a place in the finals of this competition for the third time.

Defending champion Amit Panghal punched his way into the men`s 52kg final at the 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships with an impressive win over Kazakhstan`s Saken Bibossinov in the last-4 clash in Dubai on Friday. Later in the 64kg last-4 clash, continuing his brilliant form of the tournament.

On Friday six-time World Champion Mary Kom (51kg) alongside three more Indian women pugilists–Pooja Rani (75kg), Anupama (+81kg), and Lalbuatsahi (64kg)–progressed into the finals. The defending champion Pooja received a walk-over against Mongolia`s Munkhbat. While in the other last-4 bouts late on Friday night, Lalbuatsaihi was declared the winner after her opponents from Kuwait Noura Almutairi abandoned the bout in the second round following the Indian`s relentless attack. Anupama (+81+kg) also emerged victorious against Mokhira Abdullaeva of Uzbekistan.