GOLD COAST: Indian boxers Amit Panghal and Naman Tanwar entered the semi-finals of their respective weight categories at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia’s Gold Coast on Tuesday.
Amit defeated Aqeel Ahmed of Scotland 4:1 in the quarter-finals of the men’s light flyweight (49-kilogram) category.
Naman meanwhile outclassed Samoa’s Frank Masoe by a unanimous 5:0 verdict in the heavyweight (91kg) division.
Both boxers have ensured medals for India as those in the last fourth stages are assured of a place on the podium.
Despite the final verdict, it was by no means an easy victory for Amit.
The opening round was evenly matched with both boxers maintaining a high tempo. Amit found it difficult to penetrate Aqueel’s defence and land blows to the head.
Amit did better in the second round, changing his tactics by landing more body shots and attacking his opponent’s defence from different angles.