Commonwealth Games 2018: Boxers pack a punch as five enter semis

Apr 11, 2018, 08:58 IST | PTI

The debutant trio of Amit Panghal (49kg), Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg), Naman Tanwar (91kg) and Satish kumar (+91kg) joined Manoj in the semifinals of the mega-event, where Indian boxers had won three silver and a bronze medal the last time around

Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar

Veteran Manoj Kumar (69kg) assured himself the second Commonwealth Games medal of his career as five Indian boxers entered the semi-finals of the mega-event with contrasting victories in the quarters here yesterday.

The debutant trio of Amit Panghal (49kg), Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg), Naman Tanwar (91kg) and Satish kumar (+91kg) joined Manoj in the semifinals of the mega-event, where Indian boxers had won three silver and a bronze medal the last time around. Amit defeated Scotland's Aqeel Ahmed in a split 4-1 verdict. Naman, 19, on the other hand, hammered Samoa's Frank Masoe 5-0 in his quarterfinal clash to move into the medal round.

"I didn't expect Ahmed to be this good. He surprised me with his speed and my counter-attack wasn't working at all. The coaches then told me to go all out aggressive which is what got me the results that I wanted," Amit told PTI after his bout. Chasing a third successive international gold, the Haryana lad overcame a rusty start to turn the tables on his opponent.

"This is going to be the biggest medal of my career so far," said the World Championships quarter-finalists. Amit had lost the opening round on a majority decision but came back strongly to clinch the bout and a spot in the semifinals in his maiden appearance at a multi-sport event.

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