India’s Start Boxing Champion Amit Panghal gets a bit of a morale boost right before the Tokyo Olympics 2020. He was ranked as World’s No.1 Boxer on Saturday in the men’s 52 Kg category by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Boxing Task Force (BTF).
No. 1 will definitely help Panghal to secure an excellent match in the Olympics, with a strong opponent unlikely before the quarter-finals. In the quarterfinals, Panghal will be able to focus on two rounds of 32 and 16 matches until the top eight seeds in Tokyo will be held. He is likely to have a bye in the Round of 64, based on his top billing.
Among the nine men and women fighting in Tokyo; the Asian Games champion and silver medalist in the only Indian boxer to receive top billing by BTE. The news will almost certainly lead to Panghal’s Olympic glory, as No. 1 is only held twenty-seven days before boxing in the Tokyo Games (July 24-August 8).
Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov has been ranked 5th on list. He is Panghal’s greatest rival.
The other boxers in the top-5 are:
- Billal Bennama (France)
- Mohamed Flissi (Algeria)
- Hu Jianguan (China)