#AsianGames2018: Boxer Amit Panghal enters semi-finals, assured of medal
Indian boxer Amit Panghal (49kg) advanced to the semi-finals to assure himself of a maiden medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta today. Amit, who is a Commonwealth Games silver medalist, defeated South Korea's Kim Jang Ryong 5-0 with a thoroughly dominating performance to enter the last-four stage where he will take on Filipino Carlo Paalam. In boxing, semi-finalists are entitled to bronze medals.
Amit was brilliant with his footwork
22-year-old Amit from Haryana, making his debut at the Games, intimidated his 20-year-old opponent, using his right straights to good effect. The Korean, despite being a southpaw and the taller of two, simply withdrew after a decent show in the opening three minutes. Amit was brilliant with his footwork, moving around craftily to exhaust his rival, who looked unsure for most of the bout.
2018, a brilliant year for Amit
It has been a brilliant year for Amit, who won back-to-back gold medals at the inaugural India Open and the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria. This was followed by a silver at the Gold Coast CWG in April.