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Amit Panghal: Meet this son of soil from Haryana who will represent India in Tokyo Olympics

Amit Panghal, representing India in Men’s 52 kg boxing in Tokyo Olympics, is an amateur boxer from Haryana, who is a farmer’s son who won a gold medal in Boxing World Cup 2020.

Amit Panghal’s personal life

Amit was born in Haryana’s Rohtak district and is a son of a farmer while his brother serves the Indian Army. Before boxing, he served in the army as a junior commissioned officer too.

Amit Panghal in Tokyo Olympics 2020

In 2020, he got a ticket for the Tokyo Olympics by defeating the Philippines’ Carlo Paalam in the 52-kg category. In December, he nabbed a gold medal in Boxing World Cup 2020 held in Germany.

For Tokyo Olympics, Panghal requested his childhood coach Anil Dhankar to be there. After losing in the Asian Championships, he tagged Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in a tweet and said his only wish is that his coach standing alongside him during the Tokyo medal ceremony.

He also wished to get his training done in abroad ahead of the Olympics which will help him to expand his reach due to international boxers in the ring.

Amit Panghal’s career in boxing

Amit won the gold medal at the National Boxing Championships in 2017. Later, he emerged as the national champion in Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Tashkent by bagging a bronze. He also qualified for the AIBA World Boxing Championships but lost in the quarterfinal.

In 2018, Panghal won the silver medal at Commonwealth Games in the light flyweight category.  

In 2019, Panghal won the Gold Medal at Asian Boxing Championship 2019 in Bangkok. In the same year, Panghal became the first Indian boxer to win a silver medal at the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships, losing to Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov.

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