CWG: Boxers Amit, Jaismine enter semi-finals, assure India of medals
Indian boxers Amit Panghal and Jaismine Lamboria assured India of medals after reaching the semi-finals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG). The former won his flyweight (48-51 kg) quarter-final against Scotland's Lennon Mulligan, while Jaismine beat New Zealand's Troy Garton by a split verdict in the women's lightweight (60kg). Earlier, Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Nitu Ganghas (48kg), and Mohammad Hussamudin (57kg) also reached the semis.
In the men's bout, Amit won through a unanimous verdict. The 26-year-old overcame his Scottish opponent with his robust defense. Amit then gained crucial points after counter-attacking. In the second round, Amit fended off Mulligan with a guard-down approach In the final round, Amit showcased his 'one-two' combination, a left-jab followed by a right cross. The Indian then came out as the winner.
Amit won the silver medal in the light flyweight event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. He has clinched three medals at the Asian Championships (2017 Tashkent, 2019 Bangkok, and 2021 Dubai). Amit secured gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta Palembang. The Indian boxer also won the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in Yekaterinburg.
As stated, Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Nitu Ganghas (48kg) and Mohammad Hussamudin (57kg) have also reached the semi-final in their respective events. The five boxers have extended India's tally of medals at CWG 2022 to 23.