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Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik Progress with easy wins at World Championship

Last updated on September 14, 2019

The second-seeded Panghal, an Asian Games gold-medallist who’d been extended a first-round bye, is going to probably be up from Turkey’s Baluhan Citfci from the pre-quarterfinals. Sharp as with his strikes, Panghal dominated Po-Wei in the very first round to notch up a comfortable 5-0 win. The fighter from Taipei spent almost all of his time seeking to prevent any involvement, prompting the referee to warn against the passive strategy.

“I’d fought him sooner also in the Asian Championships’ first round and won 3-2. This time I had been eager to make certain that the struggle wasn’t that close and that I was able to accomplish this,” Panghal, 23, said following the bout.

“I chose to be competitive from the very first round and log as numerous scoring punches as you can,” he added.

A quarterfinalist in the past edition of the World Championship at Hamburg, Panghal’s signature aggression and the speed was something which Po-Wei simply could not cope with.

At the afternoon session, Kaushik, competing in his eponymous World Championship, was both ruthless against Lacruz.

The former national champion had little difficulty linking his mix punches against a competition, whose citizenship had been largely non-existent as well as the attacking series also fizzled out following the opening round.

Panghal, who dropped to the then-defending winner Hasanboy Dusmatov at the quarterfinals in 2017, was in tremendous form for at least annually.

A change of weight class, from 49kg to 52kg, has had little effect on his operation. In reality, his Asian Championship gold before this season came over a few months going up to 52kg.