Amit Panghal, Sagar reach boxing finals at Commonwealth Games 2022

Amit Panghal advanced to the final of the men’s flyweight category while Sagar made it to the gold medal contest in the super heavyweight.

India’s Amit Panghal (blue) lands a punch on Zambia’s Patrick Chinyemba in the semifinal match of the men’s over 48kg-51kg (Flyweight) boxing event.

India’s Amit Panghal (blue) lands a punch on Zambia’s Patrick Chinyemba in the semifinal match of the men’s over 48kg-51kg (Flyweight) boxing event. | Photo Credit: PTI

Amit Panghal advanced to the final of the men’s flyweight category while Sagar made it to the gold medal contest in the super heavyweight.

Amit Panghal advanced to his second consecutive Commonwealth Games boxing final in the men's 51kg division in Birmingham on Saturday. Panghal came from behind to beat an aggressive Patrick Chinyemba of Zambia 5-0 in a unanimous decision. Panghal will face Kiaran Macdonald in the final on Sunday.

Chinyemba began on an aggressive note, landing a barrage of punches on the world championship silver medallist .Trailing 2-3 after the opening round, Panghal dug deep to effect hooks and jabs and take the round.

The final three minutes were keenly contested, with both pugilists trying to leave an impression. But his performance in the third round was enough to earn him a 5-0 ruling in his favour.

"He was aggressive up front, and I had to give it my all and use all my experiences to bounce back in the last two rounds. I hope I get gold this time," Panghal said.

Earlier, Panghal trumped Namri Berri of Vanuatu in his Round-of-16 bout, defeating him 5-0 in an unanimous decision. He replicated that scoreline in his quarterfinal against Scotland's Lennon Mulligan, assuring himself of a medal.

Sagar through to super heavyweight final

Sagar won his semifinal bout by a 5:0 unanimous decision.

Sagar won his semifinal bout by a 5:0 unanimous decision. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

India’s Sagar Ahlawat beat Nigeria’s Ifeanyi Onyekwere in the semifinal bout of the super heavyweight category to assure India of another silver medal.

Sagar won the fight by a 5:0 unanimous decision and became the fourth Indian boxer to advance to the final. Earlier on Saturday, Nikhat Zareen, Amit Panghal, Nitu Ganghas made their way to the gold medal match.

Sagar will face the winner of the second semifinal between New Zealand’s Leuila Mau’u and England’s Delicious Orie. The final bout will take place on Monday at 1:15 am IST.

(With inputs from PTI)

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