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Asian boxing: Panghal, Krishan enter semis, India assured of 15 medals

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Dubai: Tokyo Olympic Games-bound Amit Panghal entered the semi-finals of the men’s 52kg category of the Asian Boxing Championships here on Wednesday, and assured a medal for India.

Panghal, the World silver medallist and defending champion, defeated Kharkhuu Enkhmandakh of Mongolia 3-2 in a quarter-final bout.

Vikas Krishan and Varinder also registered victories and assured India of 15 medals-country’s best-ever medal haul at the Asian Championships surpassing 13 medals of 2019 edition.

The Indian made a cautious start, but shifted gears as the match progressed. On the other hand, the Mongolian boxer was aggressive from the word go and kept pace with Panghal throughout the nail-biting contest.

But it was Panghal’s tactical brilliance that enabled him to edge past Enkhmandakh.

In the women’s section, six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) will be seen in action in the semi-finals on Thursday.

The Indian women’s team has entered the semi-finals in almost all the weight categories, including 60kg and 54kg.

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