Bisht stuns World champion

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Panghal beats Dusmatov again to enter semifinals

Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) upstaged reigning World champion Kairat Yeraliyev, while Amit Panghal (52kg) edged past familiar foe and Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov, assuring themselves of medals at the Asian Boxing Championships here Monday.

Sonia advances

In the women’s draw, World silver-medallist Sonia Chahal (57kg) advanced to the last-four stage.

Bisht clinched a split verdict over Yeraliyev, who hails from Kazakhstan, in a high-intensity contest to assure himself of a maiden Asian championship medal.

Panghal, who claimed a bronze in the 2015 edition of the event, also secured a hard-fought 3-2 triumph over Dusmatov, the former world champion Uzbek he defeated to claim the Asian Games gold just a few months ago.

Before that, the two boxers had also clashed in the World championship quarters where Dusmatov had emerged triumphant.

Sonia too fetched a similarly close victory over Korea’s Jo Son Hwa.

Also making the semifinals was National champion Deepak Singh (49kg), who did not have to step inside the ring to fight for the spot after Afghanistan’s Ramish Rahmani gave him a walkover owing to injury.

Lovlina bows out

However, world championship bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) bowed out of contention after a quarterfinal loss to reigning World champion Chen Nien-Chin of Taiwan.

In another women’s bout, Seema Poonia (+81kg) lost to China’s Yang Xiaoli 5-0, ending another disappointing international outing for her. Poonia had got a bye into the quarters.

Rohit Tokas (64kg) fought hard but could not avert a 2-3 loss to Mongolia’s Chinzorig Baatarsukh in the quarterfinals.

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