Indian boxer Amit Panghal won 5-0 against Namri Berri of Vanuatu on Day 4 of the Commonwealth Games. The 26-year-old won the bout against Vanuatu in the Flyweight category in Men’s 47-51kg event.
Panghal had a terrific start as he won the first round 5-0 and continued his attacking game plan with a barrage of punches which his opponent couldn’t comprehend. In a similar fashion, Panghal also won the second round with a 5-0 margin and stormed into the quarterfinals of the Flyweight division.
Before the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Amit Panghal’s last major fight was in last year’s Tokyo Olympics. Panghal lost to Colombia’s Yuberjen Martinez in an entertaining three rounds in the 52kg (flyweight) bout. The loss was determined by a 4:1 split verdict at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena.
The Rohtak-born fighter addressed this loss before leaving Birmingham where he talked about how the pressure of the occasion was one of the reasons for the result. But he addressed that he will not experiment but rather look at what has worked and improve on the shortcomings.
He said, “You can look at Olympics in different ways. Our entire contingent of five men and four women made it to the quarter-finals, so we did something right. We were hoping for more medals in Tokyo, but the Olympics are the Olympics. It’s a stage where even the best flounder. You can’t let one bad result change your system.”
“You have to look at the process, what was done right, what can be bettered, and what can you learn. Medals are won by those who have better systems. We need to continue improving the system and medals will follow. ,” he continued.
Similarly, he also opened up about the areas he has been working on since the major loss for a better showing in the Birmingham games. He said, “The key areas I worked on were introducing improvement and innovation in training, tactical analysis of our boxers and opponents, the training methodology, strength and conditioning, sports science, and so on. Also, we introduced some new competitions such as India Open and Fight Nights. We still lag behind the top nations, but we are on our way to getting better.”