Ekaterinburg (Russia): Asian champion Amit Panghal (52kg) was seeded second and obtained a bye into the pre-quarterfinals together with three others as Indian boxers aimed for a medal haul of greater than a bronze within the males’s World Boxing Championships, beginning right here on Monday.
Amit was joined within the last-16 by Asian silver-winning duo of Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg and seeded fifth) and Ashish Kumar (75kg and seeded seventh) alongside two-time India Open medallist Sanjeet (91kg) after attracts have been unveiled on Sunday right here.
Of those, Ashish (seeded seventh) and Sanjeet are making their debut on the massive occasion, whereas Panghal and Bisht had completed quarterfinalists within the 2017 Hamburg version.
“We have got a decent draw and it is upto us to make it a good draw,” Indian Boxing’s Excessive-Efficiency Director Santiago Nieva advised PTI after the draw ceremony.
India will begin their marketing campaign on Tuesday with Brijesh Yadav (81kg) taking up Poland’s Maleusz Goinski in his opening spherical bout.
The coveted Olympic berths are not at stake, however the Indians is not going to be wanting motivation once they step contained in the ring to raised a report which states 4 medals from 20 editions.
Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017) make the unique membership which has skilled what it feels wish to be on the rostrum at novice boxing’s marquee occasion. All these males ended with bronze medals.
“It is going to be tough. The aim is to improve on what we have done in the past. That’s what we work for,” Nieva stated.
It was meant to be an Olympic qualifier and options the revised eight weight classes (52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 69kg, 74kg, 81kg, 91kg, +91kg) earmarked for Tokyo 2020, as an alternative of the standard 10 divisions.
Nonetheless, the occasion was stripped of Olympic qualifier standing after the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) misplaced endurance with the long-standing administrative mess within the Worldwide Boxing Affiliation (AIBA) and took management of your entire course of, which is able to now begin subsequent 12 months. With that standing gone, the match has misplaced a little bit of sheen.
Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless more likely to function round 450 boxers from 87 international locations in 400 fights unfold throughout 12 days.
India’s hopes will likely be majorly pinned on pint-sized dynamo Panghal. The reticent 23-year-old from Haryana has been on a roll for greater than a 12 months.
In addition to being Asian champion, he’s additionally an Asian Video games gold-medallist. The Military-man got here fairly near a world medal in his 2017 debut when he exhausted the then defending champion Hasanboy Dusmatov within the quarterfinals however went down 2-Three within the 49kg class.
Panghal had his revenge within the Asian Video games ultimate the place he outpunched Dusmatov for the gold and confirmed himself to be a severe contender for glory on the Worlds.
Then there may be Bisht, an Air Power man, whose bloodied face after a brutal quarterfinal in 2017 is a disturbing however unforgettable picture.
Like Panghal, Bisht too misplaced 2-Three in a battle that might have given him a sensational medal. He has improved significantly since then.
On the Asian Championships this 12 months, he accounted for the reigning world champion Kairat Yeraliyev throughout his silver medal-winning run. And, he now has some unfinished enterprise to handle within the World Championship.
Veteran Satish Kumar (+91kg) is the one different Indian, other than these two, who has the expertise of competing on the Worlds. The previous Asian Video games bronze-medallist will strive to make sure that ill-health doesn’t destroy his marketing campaign the way in which it did in 2017. He has American Richard Torrez to cope with within the first spherical.
The remainder of the Indian line-up holds promise too. There’s Manish Kaushik (63kg), the silver medallist from final 12 months’s Commonwealth Video games. The Military-man has been out and in of the workforce, locked in a troublesome battle for the spot with Shiva Thapa.
A medal right here would assist him cement the place. He’ll begin towards Kyrgyzstan’s Argen Kadyrbek on September 12.
Sanjeet, additionally a Providers boxer, is one other darkish horse. His fearless strategy makes him an fascinating boxer to be careful for and he might properly outsmart just a few right here. His first opponent is Scotland’s Scott Forest.
Ashish, who received a gold at Thailand Open this 12 months, can also be slowly rising into prominence in a class which has been owned by Vijender and Vikas up to now.
Amit Panghal (52kg), Kavinder Bisht (57kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Brijesh Yadav (81kg), Sanjeet (91kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg).