In a historic win for India, Amit Panghal defeated Kazakhstan's Saken Bibissonov to become the first Indian boxer to reach the final of World Championships in the 52 kg category.
Reaching to Final #wbc2019, I would say that :- In boxing, it is about the obsession of getting the most from yourself: wanting to dominate the world like a hungry young lion...... Thanks to All....@aapkadharam @CaptAbhimanyu @iamsunnydeol pic.twitter.com/VXHDduOJg7— Amit Panghal (@Boxerpanghal) September 20, 2019
Amit Panghal will now face the Rio Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov, from Uzbekistan, in the final match.
However, Manish Kaushik, who fought in the 63 kg category semi-final, lost to reigning world champion Andy Cruz Gomez of Cuba and had to settle for bronze.
Both Kaushik and Panghal had already scripted history when they advanced for the semi-finals round, as India had never had two semi-finalists at the World Championships in the past.
At 23, Amit Panghal has already won a Gold at the 2018 Asian Games, and bronze at the 2017 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships. People took to Twitter to congratulate the young boxer on his crucual win:
Congratulations Amit Panghal on becoming the first Indian male boxer to reach the final of AIBA World Boxing Championships. Good luck for the finals. Congratulations to Manish Kaushik on your bronze medal! You've both made the nation proud.#amitpanghal #ManishKaushik #boxing pic.twitter.com/f7e4KiFWil— Neeraj Kundan (@Neerajkundan) September 20, 2019
Historic moment for all Indians as #AmitPanghal becomes the first Indian boxer to reach the World Men's Boxing Championship final. We are proud of you, best wishes for the final match. pic.twitter.com/0tjxIXuQ68— P Muralidhar Rao (@PMuralidharRao) September 20, 2019
छोरे ने तोड़ पाड़ दिया. Proud movement for India 🇮🇳 Amitpanghal beats Saken Bibossinov 3-2 in 52kg category to become first Indian male boxer to enter World Boxing Championships final..🙏 #amitpanghal pic.twitter.com/ZEBNcOIora— Naveen Jakhar (@NaveenJ12145021) September 20, 2019
A big day for Indian Sport. Amit Panghal becomes first Indian male boxer to reach the final of AIBA World Boxing Championships. Congrats & good luck for the GOLD, congrats to Manish Kaushik too for the Bronz. Jai Hind!#AmitPanghal #ManishKaushik pic.twitter.com/BeATzhfxzW— vinay khamkar (@vinay_khamkar) September 21, 2019
Proud Moment!!! Congratulations!!! 🇮🇳 #AmitPanghal Created History By Entering In The Finals Of World Boxing Championship. He is The First Indian Male Boxer To Do So. Wish Him Best Of Luck For The Finals. ✌👏👌👍 #WorldChampionships2019@CGSportsYW pic.twitter.com/bg3OWPMWPt— Pramod Kumar Sidar (@PramodKumarSid1) September 20, 2019
What a great moment for India, indeed!