On Friday, Indian boxer Pooja Rani takes up gold at Asian Boxing Champions 2019. The 28-year-old defeated China’s reigning world champion Wang Lina on the day after Amit Panghal in the 81 kg category This is India’s second gold. Champion of the Asian Games Amit bagged gold in the category of 52 kg. India’s medal tally reads 13 with back-to-back top podium finishes, including 2 Gold, 4 Silver, and 7 Bronze medals.
This is Pooja’s first Asian Championship gold medal after clinching in the 75 kg weight categories of Silver (2012) and Bronze (2015). Pooja represented India in the 75 kg category at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Haryana star also won the bronze medal in the 75 kg category of the 2014 Asian Games.
As for Amit Panghal, who won last year’s Asian Games gold medal, he unanimously defeated Korea’s Kim Inkyu, clinching his second year’s gold. The silver medallist of the 2017 Asian Championships had earlier decimated Jianguan Hu 4-1 from China in order to march into the summit clash.
Pooja Rani Takes Up Gold
At the Strandja Memorial Tournament in February, the 23-year-old, who participated in his maiden international competition since moving up to 52 kg from 49 kg earlier this year, had entered the tournament on the back of gold. However, after losing their respective finals, national champion Deepak Singh and Kavinder Singh Bisht had to settle down with silver medals.
While Singh lost Uzbekistan’s Nodirjon Mirzahmedov in the 49 kg category, Bisht went down fighting the current Asian Games champion Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov of Uzbekistan in the final of the 56 kg category.
Simranjit Kaur Baath also had to stay happy with silver in the women’s event after losing to China’s reigning world champion Dou Dan in the 64 kg category finals. Simran lost in the semi-finals last year to the Chinese in World Championships.