Nitu Ghanghas, Amit Panghal reach boxing finals

Nitu Ghanghas beat Priyanka Dhillon of Canada to progress to the final of the women’s 48kg quarterfinal, winning by RSC (referee stops contest). She will face Demie-Jade Resztan of England in the final. Afterwards, Amit Panghal beat Patrick Chinyemba of Zambia in the semifinal of the men’s 51kg quarterfinal, winning 5-0 in an unanimous decision He faces Jake Dodd of Wales or Kiaran Macdonald of England in the final.

Nitu a two-time World youth champion began in a southpaw stance, checking out her opponent in the beginning, before a flurry of punches. Her dominant left hook had Dhillon struggling, with Nitu connecting multiple times. Dhillon continued to take punishment, with Nitu connecting with multiple jabs to her opponent’s face. Unsurprisingly, Nitu won the first round unanimously, 5-0.

The second period has Nitu starting off with some quick footwork to score with some combination punches, as Dhillon struggled to deal with Nitu’s speed. The Canadian attempted to shuffle away with her guard up, but had no answer, getting a standing instruction, with Nitu winning the round unanimously as well.

The third round had Nitu dominating again, before another standing instruction to Dhillon meant the referee stopped the contest and awarded the bout to Nitu

Earlier, Nitu kick-started her CWG campaign with a dominant win over Northern Ireland’s Nicole Clyde in the women’s 48kg category quarterfinal. The 21-year-old from Dhanana in Bhiwani district dominated the first two rounds against Clyde before the bout was abandoned with the opponent throwing in the towel.

Making her CWG debut, Nitu had big shoes to fill in the weight category of MC Mary Kom, who injured herself during the selection trials held before the event. “This is the only the beginning, I have a long way to,” said a supremely confident Nitu after her quarterfinal win.

“I just listen to my coaches and try to execute that in the ring,” she said when asked about her long term goals.

The Strandja Memorial gold medalist had started boxing in 2012, had suffered a serious shoulder injury in 2019 that ruled her out of action for a long time.

After taking up the sport, Nitu’s father had to leave his job in Chandigarh to support his daughter’s dream. She hopes the medal in CWG leads to a financially secure future. “We live in a joint family. My father stays with me all the time so he can’t work. His elder brothers take care of all the expenses as we live in a joint family. Hopefully, this medal will make a huge difference, ” added Nitu.


Amit Panghal progresses to final of men’s 51kg division

Panghal and Chinyemba started off cautiously with a bit of shadow-boxing as Panghal remained in his open stance. Chinyemba then caught the Indian with a right hook, leading Panghal to become defensive and get his guard up. In an evenly fought contest, Chinyemba remained the more pro-active boxer, with Panghal losing the round 2-3 by a split decision.

The Indian boxer started the second round quite aggressively, but Chinyemba caught him by surprise with his speed and connected with a couple of jabs. Panghal, however, came into his own as the round went on, getting a couple of hits later on. He went on to have two judges ruling in his favor by the end of the second round, with the rest scoring it level.

Chinyemba attempted to goad Panghal into a slugfest in the third round but the Indian remained clever, waiting for an opening and usually connecting. His performance in the third round was enough for the judges to rule 5-0 in his favour.

Earlier, Amit Panghal made short work of Namri Berri of Vanuatu in his Round-of-16 bout, defeating him 5-0 in an unanimous decision. He went on to repeat that scoreline in his quarterfinal against Scotland’s Lennon Mulligan, assuring himself of a medal.

Ahead of this bout, Panghal was in a confident mood, saying “I am confident of winning the gold medal especially after that performance, I have been working on my endurance and footwork and I feel so strong because I know I can win every fight, he added.


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