Shiva Thapa failed to get selected in the Indian boxing squad for the upcoming World Boxing Championships as he was beaten by Manish Kaushik in the 63kg category. Amit Panghal will lead the Indian challenge in the global event to be held in Ekaterinburg, Russia from September 7 to 21.
India have selected a strong eight-member team for the World Boxing Championship, a prestigious event which was also the Olympics qualifying event before. Amit Panghal got a direct entry into the team in the 52kg category after his brilliant show at the Asian Championships where he had bagged a gold medal.
On the other hand, Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Manish Kaushik defeated Shiva Thapa by a split verdict in the National Trails in the newly-formed 63 kg to get a place for the world event. Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Brijesh Yadav (81kg), Sanjeet (91kg), and Satish Kumar (+91kg) are the other Indian boxers in the eight-man squad for the prestigious event.
“This was a huge confidence-boosting win for me after losing to Shiva in the India Open final. I had been working hard on my stance and footwork since the loss and I am glad it paid off. I am looking forward to giving my best at the World Championships,” Manish told PTI.
Bisht, in the 57kg category, had a tough challenge to face in the form of Mohammed Hussamuddin. However, he managed to overcome the challenge and win the bout in a split verdict to book his berth for the Games.
“I lost out on a golden opportunity to win a medal the last time. This time I would like to make amends and am targeting nothing less than a gold,” said Bisht.