Tall Boxers No Issues, Have To Work a Little More on Power: Amit Panghal

first_imgNew Delhi: 2019 has been a good year for Amit Panghal. He first won the Asian Championships in April — beating Olympic 52kg bronze medallist Hu Jinguan along the way — and now he has become the first Indian to win silver at the World Championships. And yet, the 23-year-old is still coming to terms with his new weight category in the ring.It was after he won gold at the 2018 Asian Games that he realised that his category will no longer be considered for the Olympics — light flyweight (48kg). At a couple of inches over five feet, Panghal finds himself as the shorter person in the ring more often than not and now he has a weight shift to deal with. And yet, he seems to have taken to it like duck takes to water.”I have always trained with a taller boxer,” Panghal told IANS after returning from Ekaterinburg on Monday. “In 52-kg category, I am always the shortest one. Everyone I have fought has been taller than me.”Amit Panghal said that his need to improve upon his stength and power was apparent in the final against Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov, who is the reigning 52-kg Olympic champion. Panghal lost that bout by a unanimous 5-0 decision, although it was a much closer affair than the scoreline suggested.”I think I have to work on my power a little more. I had to change my weight category from 48kg to 52kg and boxers in this weight category deploy more power in their punches. Uzbek boxers are very strong anyhow. My opponent in the final was an Olympic champion. I gave my 100 percent here but there are improvements to be done,” he said.Panghal using his shorter height to his advantage was more than apparent in his semi-final victory against Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, who stands a full four inches taller than him. “My stance is such that I try to remain as close as possible to my opponent because that helps me block out their unfinished punches. I can then land my punches properly and when that happens the opponent becomes unnerved.National coach Santiago Nieva reckons that Panghal’s success comes from the fact that he excels in using his height.”Already from the beginning he showed he can overcome that disadvantage and even use it to his advantage,” Nieva said. “When he changed the weight category in the beginning of the year the main concern was how he will deal with the difference in height and size. But he started by winning the trials at home against stronger opponents. And then at the Asian Championships, he beat the Olympic and Worlds medallists who were all tall opponents.”Nieva said that Amit Panghal will need to work on how to take control of bouts from the beginning. “In the World Championships, bouts were obviously very tricky. It takes him about a round or a round and a half to figure out his opponents and then, once he finds his range and room for his punches then he makes the difference. But we need work on how he can gain that clarity in the first round itself,” he said. IANSAlso Read: Amit Panghal Creates History, Kaushik Wins Bronze at WorldsAlso Watch: Former CM and Alumnus of JB College Tarun Gogoi discloses about his Love Storylast_img

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