Amit Panghal will lead the challenge of India in the World Championships
NEW DELHI: Amit Panghal rode his gold in the Asian Championship to get a direct entry, while the silver medalist of the Commonwealth Games, Manish Kaushik, overcame the past Shiva Thapa in the eight-member team of India for the World Boxing Championships in September.
Manish claimed the newly created 63 kg men's team position before the four-time Asian medalist Shiva in the national events for the big event to be held in Ekaterinburg, Russia, from September 7 to 21.
Amit (52kg) received a place in the team to win gold at the Asian Championships, which was the original criteria for the selection.
Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Brijesh Yadav (81kg), Sanjeet (91kg) and Satish Kumar (+ 91kg) joined him through the trials at NIS Patiala last weekend.
Only the two best fighters in each of the categories were eligible for the trials, and their recent results were the criteria for selecting names for the match, the Indian Boxing Federation (BFI) said in a statement.
Manish claimed a split verdict on Shiva, bronze medalist of the 2015 World Championships. Shiva had avenged his loss of the 2018 Indian Open against Manish in this year's Guwahati edition to claim gold.
This was a great victory for my confidence after losing to Shiva in the Indian Open final. I had been working hard on my stance and my footwork since the loss and I'm glad it was worth it. I am anxious to give the best of me. in the world championships, said Manish.
In the 57 kg category, the silver medalist of the Asian Championships Kavinder beat Mohammed Hussamuddin in a split verdict to claim his place.
Kavinder made a splash in his first appearance at the last World Championship in 2017 when he defeated two-time World Championship medalist Mohamed Flissi of Algeria to advance to the quarterfinals.
I lost a golden opportunity to win a medal the last time. This time I would like to compensate and I am aiming for nothing less than a gold, said Kavinder.
In 75kg, Ashish Kumar outpunched Prayag Chauhan to claim a unanimous victory. Duryodhan Singh Negi defeated Ashish Kulhari in the 69kg category in a split verdict.
Brijesh Yadav reaffirmed his supremacy by 81kg by beating Harsh Lakra, while Sanjeet dominated CWG bronze medalist Naman Tanwar in the 91kg category.
Satish Kumar did not have to enter the ring for the + 91 kg fight with his opponent, Naveen suffering an injury.
India will be eager to improve its performance in the last World Championships where they won the bronze through Gaurav Bidhuri.
The big event was to double as an Olympic qualifier, but that status was removed after the International Olympic Committee decided to prohibit the International Boxing Association (AIBA) from holding the competition in the 2020 Olympic Games due to management problems and mismanagement financial