New Delhi, Dec 26 (GCSports) Amit Panghal, who won the historic silver medal at the World Boxing Championship earlier this year, believes he has improved by leaps and bounds in the recent months and country can expect gold medal from him during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
‘Traditionally, taller boxers have an advantage as it gives them a greater reach. I can’t help with my height, but I have worked on my power and reached to tackle taller boxers. Earlier, my game was about defence first, then counter and more of single punches.
‘Now, I have added multiple punches in my game because one can save oneself from a single punch, but not from two, three or four, said Amit on the sidelines of Big Bout Indian Boxing League.
The Amit Panghal-led Gujarat Giants won the inaugural Big Bout Indian Boxing League. Talking about his captaincy, the Haryana boxer said he talks to each player of his team before every bout and motivates them to focus on their game.
He also mentioned, tournaments like Big Bout Indian Boxing League, which he described as a great opportunity for rising boxers to compete against the best in business and learn from them.
According to him, Indian boxers can watch the strategies of various international boxers and ask whatever they want to learn. Their daily schedule, regime, practising with them will help in improving the game and gain experience, which will benefit them in the upcoming tournaments.
When asked about his preparation for the Olympic qualifiers, which will take place in Wuhan, China in February next year, the diminutive boxer said, ‘Everything is going smoothly, I have added a lot of power in my punches, while in counter-punches, there is more coordination.
‘I am mentally more prepared after the regular practice. I took part in five bouts in the Big Bout League and won all, which shows how well prepared I am,’ he added.
Panghal, who is currently taking coaching from both foreign and Indian coaches, expressed that each coach is very unique in it’s own way and they coordinate well with each other.
He said with his national coach, he talks about the weaknesses and strengths, while the foreign coach helps him in weight training, video analysis and tests.
Terming boxers from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan as the biggest challenge, the 24-year-old said they have the natural power to do boxing. In his weight category (52 kg), other boxers are also more experienced, Olympic medalists and world champions.
However, he promised whenever he will get an opportunity to fight against them, he will try his best to beat them and bring laurels to the country.
Amit also credited Army for his success, saying, ‘Army has supported me a lot. There is no pressure on me through them as they have freed us (sportspersons) for sport. They told us to make our country proud by performing well. They have promoted me and it’s is my responsibility to make my country proud,’ he added