Commonwealth silver medallist Amit Panghal and gold medallist Gaurav Solanki have assured India of medals as they managed to reach the semi-finals at the Chemistry Cup boxing tournament in Germany. Manish Kaushik, Naman Tanwar and Ankush Dahiya bowed out of the tournament after opening round losses.
As many as six Indian boxers were in action on Wednesday in the Chemistry Cup boxing tournament in Halle, Germany. It turned out to be a mix day for the Indian contingent as two boxers were assured of medal while three exited in their first bout itself. Commonwealth Games medallists Amit Panghal (49kg) and Gaurav Solanki (52kg) advanced to the semifinals winning their quarter finals bout comprehensively.
In bouts held on Wednesday night, Amit defeated Germany's Christopher Goman 5-0, while Gaurav recorded a comprehensive win over Russia's Vadim Kudriakov by a similar margin. Amit has a tough one up next as he will be facing Cuba's Damian Arce Duarte, who got a bye in the opening round while Gaurav will be facing Ireland's Conor Quinn in his semifinal bout.
Earlier in the day, CWG gold-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) had entered the quarterfinals with a win over Ireland's Nevin Michael. However, CWG silver-medallist Manish Kaushik (60kg), bronze-medallist Naman Tanwar (91kg) and former Asian youth silver-medallist Ankush Dahiya (60kg) bowed out after opening-round losses.
Manish was defeated 1-4 by Cuba's Lazaro Jorge Alvarez Estrada, while Naman went down to the Netherland's Roy Korving in another split verdict. Also going down in a 1-4 decision was Ankush, losing to Russia's Artur Subkhankulov.