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World Boxing Championships: Amit Panghal becomes first Indian male boxer to reach final

File photo of Amit Panghal. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 20, 2019, 04.21 PM (IST)

Boxer Amit Panghal has scripted history as he became the first Indian to reach the final at Men's World Boxing Championships. 

Panghal, the Asian Games gold medallist, defeated Saken Bibossinov 3-2 in 52 kg category on Friday in Ekaterinburg, Russia. 

With this feat has, Panghal surpassed WBC bronze medalists Vijender Singh, Vikas Krishan, Shiva Thapa and Gaurav Bidhuri as he became the first Indian male boxer to win a gold medal. 

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Panghal will play Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov for the gold tomorrow. 

Manish Kaushik had to settle for the bronze medal as he lost 0-5 in the semi-final clash against reigning world champion Andy Cruz Gomez of Cuba.

"Manish wins bronze! Our #TOPSAthlete #ManishKaushik secured bronze in 63 kg after a battling display against top seed Andy Cruz Gomez at the Men's World #Boxing C'ships.

He had earlier beaten #4 seed Baatarsukhin Chinzorig & becomes 5th Indian to win a medal at C`ships," SAI Media tweeted.

With this, Kaushik has joined Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017), to win the World Championships bronze for India.