Panghal, 2 rising Indian pugs seal medals in Commonwealth Games

Asian boxing star Amit Panghal as well as fellow Indian bets Sagar Ahlawat and Jaismine Lamboria prevailed on the second day of quarterfinals to secure at least a bronze medal each in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

The 26-year-old Panghal, a defending Asian Games champion, an ASBC Asian Elite gold finisher and AIBA World Championships silver winner in 2019, knocked Scotland’s Lennon Mulligan down in the third round before posting a 5-0 rout in their men’s flyweight (51kg) match.

Promising national pugilists Ahlawat and Lamboria also tallied convincing victories in their respective bouts.

The 21-year-old Ahlawat, who beat Tokyo Olympian Satish Kumar in the national trials, shocked another Olympic veteran and Seychelle’s No. 1 boxer Keddy Agnes via a 5-0 romp in the men’s super heavyweight (+92kg) division.

On the other hand, the 20-year-old Lamboria brought her reach advantage into play to dominate the first and last rounds en route to pulling off a 4-1 upset over the experienced Troy Garton of New Zealand in the women’s lightweight (60kg) class.

With their victories, India has already sealed at least six bronzes in the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games after world champion Nikhat Zareen, Nitu Ghanghas and Mohammed Hussamuddin emerged victorious in the first part of the quarterfinals.

Aside from India, the other Asian countries competing in the quadrennial meet are Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia.

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