Jakarta: Commonwealth Games silver medallist Amit Panghal outpunched favourite Carlo Paalam of the Philippines 3-2 to storm into the final of the Light-flyweight category and keep India’s hope alive for boxing gold medal at the Asian Games.
In the final on Saturday Amit will take on Uzbekistan’s Hassanboy Dustmatov.
“I am confident of winning the gold medal. I will go into the final with a positive mind and hopefully I will prevail,” Amit said after the bout.
The Indian won the first bout as fought back valiantly. The Filipino tried to attack the short-statured Amit, but he managed to defend well.
Amit’s retaliatory punches landed at right target, which further infuriated Carlo, who changed the tactics and tried to breach his rival’s defence. Amit held on to his defence despite relentless attack from Carlo.
The Indian received 3-2 verdict from umpires in his favour for the impressive first round.
The next round saw Carlo at his furious best. The Filipino launched attack from the word go and Amit suddenly found himself cornered. His ploy of landing counter punches did not have an impact as his rival defended well.
Carlo stepped up the attack and his powerful jabs rattled Amit whose defence collapsed. The Filipino realized that Amit was on the receiving end landed several punches and earned the points. The umpires’ verdict at the end of this round was 4-1 in Carlo’s favour.
The decider turned out to be a no hold bar round with both the fighters abandoning the defensive tactics and went for all-out attack. It was jabs, punches and counter punches with Filipino having a slight edge.
Prompted by his coach, who perhaps realized that umpires decision may go against Amit, the Indian threw cautions to wind and attacked.
Carlo counterattacked and barely few seconds before the end, Amit’s phantom punch landed on Carlo and that decided the round with the umpires’ 3-2 verdict going in favour of the Indian.
Vikas pulls out
- Before Amit’s bout, Indian camp announced that middleweight Vikas Krishan had withdrawn from his 75-kg semi-final against Kazakhstan’s Amankul Abilkhan because of injury he sustained in quarterfinal. This meant Vikas settled for the bronze medal.
- In a furious bout, the 23-year-old army man Amit landed a phantom punch on the Filipino in the third round to seal the bout in his favour.