9/1/2018 2:52:22 PM

India's Amit stuns Olympic champion, Uzbeks lords of Asian ring


Jakarta, Indonesia: Amit Panghal pulled off a massive upset to outbox the 2016 Rio Olympic champion and win gold for India on Saturday, but it was Uzbekistan who became new lords of the Asian Games ring.

Kazakhstan had been the dominant force four years ago in Incheon winning six titles, but they handed the baton to Uzbekistan who had boxers in all seven men's finals and took home five golds.

Amit, 22, kicked off finals day in pulsating fashion with the performance of the Games, edging a 3-2 split decision to take revenge on Uzbekistan's Hasanboy Dusantov for defeat in last year's World Championship light flyweight quarter-final.

Amit kept his distance from the reigning Olympic and Asian champion and 2017 world silver medallist, picking off the Uzbek and never allowing him to get in close where his quick hands and inside work are most dangerous.

"The strategy worked, I thank my coaches," Amit told AFP after the bout.

"The defence and counter was perfect. I will now go for an Olympic gold for my country in Tokyo. Winning a gold for India, I am happy." 

Amit, India's only finalist at these Asian Games, lost a unanimous decision to the Uzbek a year ago in Tashkent but is maturing fast as a boxer and gave a hugely disciplined performance.

"Yes I have taken revenge. It proves India is second to none. I felt pressure because all our boxers had lost (before the final) but I did well."

Uzbekistan underlined their supremacy in Asian boxing, after winning nine golds at last year's continental championships.

They got off the mark with gold in the next bout when flyweight Jasurbek Latipov was ahead on points when Rogen Ladon of the Philippines was stopped because of a cut in the second round.

The unlucky Ladon, who had nursed his wound above the left eye through the quarter- and semi-finals, was examined by the ringside doctor who determined he could not continue and Latipov took it 3-1, with one card level.

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