Shiva Thapa settled for a bronze medal at Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok on Thursday after losing to gainst 2015 edition’s silver-medallist Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin in 60kg semifinal. He was defeated via a split decision.
Apart from Thapa, Ashish also settled for a bronze after losing to reigning Asian Games Champion 0-5 by Uzbekistan’s Bobo-Usmon Baturov in the 69kg category. Satish also had to settle for a bronze in 91+kg after he was forced to give a walkover to Kazakh Kamshybek Kunkabayev owing to an injury sustained in the previous bout.
Amit Panghal won his 52 kg boxing semifinal bout against the Chinese boxer Hu Jianguan via a split verdict to make it through to the final. He will contest for a gold medal on Friday. Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) defeated Mongolian Enkh-Amar Khakhuu 3-2 to make it into the final. Deepak Singh (49kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) also made it to the final.
Earlier, Pooja Rani made it to the final after defeating her Kazakh opponent Fariza Sholtay in the 81kg women’s boxing event via a unanimous decision. Simranjit Kaur Baath also stormed into the 64 kg category final after an easy 5-0 win over Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva.
Meanwhile, Sarita Devi lost to former World Champion Yang Wenlu in 60kg semifinal bout and settled for a bronze medal. Manisha Maun also settled for a bronze in 54 kg to Taipei boxer Huang Hsiao-Wen, securing a bronze medal for herself.
Nikhat Zareen also lost her 51 kg semifinal bout against Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam and settled for a bronze. Sonia Chahal won a silver medal in Semis (57 kg) of Asian Boxing Championships after losing to local favourite Nilwan Techasuep.