Tokyo Olympics 2020: Amit Panghal And 3 Other Boxers Get a Bye; Tough Overall Draw For Indian Pugilists
Top seed and world no.1 Amit Panghal (52kg) was among four Indian boxers who got byes into the Olympic Games pre-quarterfinals as the country’s pugilists geared up for a tough campaign going by the draws unveiled in Tokyo on Thursday. An unprecedented nine Indian boxers would be vying for medals at the showpiece, where none could secure a podium finish in the 2016 edition.
Panghal will step into the ring on July 31 in the last-16-stage against the winner of the contest between Botswana’s Mahommed Rajab Otukile and Colombia’s Yuberjen Herney Rivas Martinez. Martinez was the light flyweight silver-medallist at the Rio Games. The 25-year-old Asian Games champion Indian, who is expected to advance, might find China’s Hu Jianguan, the 2016 Olympics bronze-medallist, as a possible quarterfinal opponent.