Mohammed Hussamuddin (57 kg) qualified for the semi-finals to be assured of a medal, but world championship silver medalist Amit Panghal (52 kg) withdrew from the 35th international boxing tournament on Thursday. from Boxam to Castellon, Spain, after being passed on the eighth stage. . Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Hussamuddin (57 kg) beat Italy’s Simone Spada 5-0 to advance to the final four stages, where he will face Panama Orlando Martinez. However, it was curtains for the Olympics-linked Panghal after a split decision loss to European Games champion Gabriel Escobar.
It was a mind-boggling loss for Panghal, who won a gold medal at the Cologne World Cup a few months ago. The 23-year-old ended up paying for his rather weak defense in the Escobar fight.
The Spaniard took him by surprise in the first round and although the Indian came back confidently in the final three minutes, after even a second round the damage was done.
Hussamuddin, meanwhile, put in a dominant performance against Spada, displaying excellent footwork and combined punches to outsmart his rival.
Previously, Asian champion Pooja Rani (75 kg) entered the semi-finals to clinch a medal, but two-time world bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) retired after losing in the quarter-finals.
In late-night bouts on Wednesday, Olympics-linked Rani defeated Italy’s Assunta Canfora to join MC Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and debutante Jasmine (57kg) in the last four steps.
The three had won their quarter-finals earlier today. Rani is a three-time Asian medalist and also bronze medalist at the 2014 Asian Games.
However, Borgohain, who also qualified for the Tokyo Games, lost 0-5 to Russian Saadat Dalgatova to make a surprisingly early exit from the tournament.
Asian bronze medalist Manisha Moun (57kg) was another Indian to be ousted from competition when she was beaten 0-5 by Italy’s Irma Testa in the quarter-finals.
On Thursday, outside of Panghal, seven other Indian boxers will fight for the medal round.
The list includes the five Olympic destination of Manish Kaushik (63 kg), Vikas Krishan (69 kg), Ashish Kumar (75 kg) and Satish Kumar (+ 91 kg) as well as Hussamuddin (57 kg), Sumit Sangwan (81 kg) ) and Sanjeet (91 kg). ).
Boxers from 17 countries, including Russia, the United States, Italy, Kazakhstan and Spain, participate in the event.
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