Commonwealth Games 2022: Amit Panghal and Jasmine assured five medals in India’s boxing ring by reaching the semi-finals of their respective events at the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday. Panghal, the silver medalist of the previous edition in Gold Coast, registered a unanimous decision victory over Scotland’s Lennon Mulligan in the flyweight (48-51kg) quarter-finals.
Jasmine also did amazing
Jasmine then defeated Troy Garten of New Zealand in a 4-1 split decision in the quarterfinals of the women’s lightweight (60kg) category. The match between Panghal and Mulligan was not very challenging. The 26-year-old Indian boxer stunned his younger Scottish rival with his strong defence. Panghal collected points midway through a quick counter-attack.
Panghal also did wonders
In the first two rounds, Panghal encouraged Mulligan to go on the offensive while keeping ‘guard down’ (playing hands down) but was swiftly out of his reach. In between, he overtook a 20-year-old rival boxer with his left-handed punches. In the final round, he punched in a ‘one-two’ combination to ensure his second medal at the Commonwealth Games. Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Neetu Ganghas (48kg) and Mohammad Husamuddin (57kg) have also confirmed medals in their respective categories by reaching the semi-finals.
Lawn ball failure
India’s Mridul Borgohain failed to reach the quarterfinals after losing in the fifth round match of the lawn ball men’s singles event of the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday. Mridul Borgohain lost 13-21 to Ross Davis of Jersey. The Indian was leading 6-5 at the end of the fifth round but then he gave his opponent a chance to make a comeback. Davis continued to advance and won the match.