Updated: September 22, 2019 4:55:00 am
Amit Panghal, who created history on Friday by becoming the first male Indian boxer to qualify for a World Boxing Championship final, lost the final to Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov, the reigning Olympic champion, by a unanimous decision from the judges in Russia on Saturday.
Silver for AMIT!🥈
A historic outing for 🇮🇳as the #AIBAWorldBoxingChampionships campaign comes to an end with a Silver and a Bronze Medal. First time ever, India will come home with two medals and a Silver for the first time won by #AmitPanghal.
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) September 21, 2019
Panghal won the silver medal, becoming the first Indian male boxer ever to do so. He competed in the 52kg flyweight category.
Panghal lost 0-5 but the scoreline was hardly a reflection of the fight he put on against the more fancied Zoirov, the reigning Olympic champion.
The five judges – from Hungary, Turkey, Argentina, Romania and Ireland – scored it 30-27 30-27 29-28 29-28 -29-28 in Zoirov’s favour.
With Panghal’s silver, this is India’s best-ever medal haul, with one silver and one bronze. Manish Kaushik (63kg) had signed off with a bronze earlier, after losing in the semifinal.
Up against a taller and more muscular opponent, Panghal gave it his all but fell short when it came to connecting accurately. The Asian Games and Asian Championships gold-medallist nonetheless achieved a historic feat.
The silver here marks a new high for the boxer from Rohtak, who has been simply unstoppable since breaking into the national scene with a bronze in the 2017 Asian Championships.
Zoirov, despite being unseeded here, was always going to be a tough challenge as he also has to his credit silver medals in the Asian Games and the Asian Championships.
Before this year, India had never won more than one bronze medal at a single edition of the World Championships.
(With PTI inputs)
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