Amit Panghal vs Shakhobidin Zoirov: Amit Panghal (52kg) on Friday etched his name on the history book as he became the first Indian to enter the finals of the World Men's Boxing Championship in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
“I remember when he moved up from the junior camp to the seniors. He was so ill-disciplined. He would come late to practice, sometimes he wouldn’t show up at all. Anyway, our contender at that time was Devendro.”
Friday’s World Championship semifinal was tricky. Saken Bibossinov was three inches taller and preferred fighting from a distance. And the southpaw Kazakh was coming into the bout with a strong win over European gold-medallist Artur Hovhannisyan.