I had lost to Dusmatov before, I had to take revenge: Amit Panghal

first_imgAsian Games 2018 gold medallist Amit Panghal was in a joyous mood after extracting revenge on Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov on Saturday.Panghal, who defeated Rio 2016 gold medallist and reigning Asian champion Dusmatov in the boxing 49kg category final to clinch gold at the Jakarta and Palembang Games, said that he had to take avenge his previous loss to the Uzbek.”I had lost to him before, so I had to take revenge. Coach Santiago (Nieva) and other coaches had prepared me well. In the semifinal, I did not play the first round well, here I did not repeat that mistake,” Panghal said after the bout.Panghal, the only Indian to make the finals, prevailed 3-2 against the more fancied Dusmatov, who had beaten him in a split verdict in last year’s world championships.READ – Asian Games 2018: Amit Panghal beats Olympic champion to win boxing goldAnd, according to him, his training in England helped him beat his much fancied opponent on the penultimate day of this year’s Asian Games and earn India’s 14th gold medal at the games meet.”The coach asked me get him on counter-attack. The training in England and at the camp in India helped. I had sparred with southpaw boxers at both places. I knew how to take advantage of the upper cut,” said Panghal.Speaking about Panghal’s strategy going into the match against the explosive Dusmatov, his coach at the Indian boxing’s High Performance Director and men’s chief coach Santiago Nieva siad: “We knew he is an explosive boxer, so we asked Amit to stay away from him. Amit had not played a great first round in his semifinal but today he was good, so he did not have to catch up and he connected his punches.”advertisementAlso read – Asian Games 2018: Vijender, Sehwag hail boxer Amit’s ‘tremendous achievement’Nieva also praised Amit for pulling off a brilliant victory.”He (Dusmatov) got tired towards the end and his punches did not have the strength. Amit was fast today. He had the first round, we knew he had the strength to pull it off. It can’t get bigger than this for him.However, he did express his disappointment about the other boxers missing out on medals and said that he was expecting two-three medals more.READ – Asian Games 2018: Meet Amit Panghal, who stunned Olympic champion to win boxing gold”We had high expectations from Amit and also from others. The medals are 2-3 less than what we had expected. Nobody wants to go back with a bad result.”India only won a gold and a bronze in this year’s Asian Games. The bronze medal was won by Vikas Krishan in the middle-weight category after he pulled out before his semi-final clash because of an eye injury.last_img