In the first Indian bout on Wednesday, the World Championship silver medallist Panghal lived up to his reputation and defeated Kharkhuu Enkhmandakh 3-2 in the 52kg quarter-finals.
Both Panghal and Enkhmandakh started the contest in a contrasting manner. While Indian made a cautious start, the Mongolian boxer was aggressive from the word go. However, despite making a defensive start, Panghal quickly shifted gears as both the boxers saw exchanging some heavy blows in a fast-paced fierce battle.
With some timely and precise punches, the top-seeded Panghal edged past the opponent. His tactical brilliance put him ahead of Enkhmandakh and tilted the verdict in his favour in a closely fought game.
With this victory, the defending champion Panghal progressed into the semi-finals and confirmed his third successive Asian Championships medal after gold in 2019 and bronze in 2017.
In the last-4 clash, Panghal will take on Kazakh boxer Saken Bibossinov, whom he beat in the 2019 World Championships semi-finals.
Extending India's winning-run on Day 3 of the Championships, which is jointly hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation, Varinder Singh outclassed Samuel Dela Cruz of the Philippines 5-0 in a one-sided quarter-final and handed India its 14th medal at the prestigious event.
He will now square off against Iran's Daniyal Shahbakhsh in the last-four stage.
In the third Indian bout of the day, World Championships bronze medallist Vikas Krishan defeated Iran's Moslem Malamir 4-1 in 69kg semi-finals. Vikas will face a stiff challenge from top seed and defending Champion Bobo Usmon Baturov of Uzbekistan in the semi-finals.
However, Olympic-bound Ashish Kumar lost to Kazakhstan's Abilkhan Amankul by a 3-2 split decision in the 75kg division.
Narender (+91kg) too lost, going down 5-0 to Kazakhstan's Kamshybek Kunkabayev, a two-time world championships silver medallist.
Having secured medal in each category, 10 Indian women boxers including Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg), Simranjit (60kg), Sakshi (54kg), Jaismine (57kg), Lalbuatsaihi (64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Monika (48kg), Saweety (81kg) and Anupama (+81kg) will play their respective semi-finals on Thursday.
The on-going Championships has been witnessing the presence of 150 boxers from 17 countries including strong boxing nations such as India, Uzbekistan, Philippines and Kazakhstan. (UNI)