Amit Panghal invited to participate in Iranian Boxing League 

The boxer will consult with high-performance director Santiago Nieva before confirming his participation

By Samrat Chakraborty ·

Tokyo-bound boxer Amit Panghal has been sent an invitation to take part in the Iranian Boxing League. His uncle Rajnarayan Panghal revealed to ANI the development on Monday, stating that Amit received the invitation through e-mail.

Panghal is training at Bellary in Karnataka, in the national camp under the supervision of coach Anil Dhankar.

The league is scheduled to take place in Tehran, the capital of Iran, from February 22 to March 5. Each boxer will take part in five bouts.

However, before confirming his participation, Panghal will consult with coach Dhankar and India's high-performance director of boxing Santiago Nieva.

The Indian contingent is set to participate in the Strandja Memorial tournament in Bulgaria, which is commonly accepted as the season-opener in Europe and will be held from February 21 to 28 in Sofia.

Panghal clinched gold in Cologne World Cup after Germany's Argihti Terteryan decided to give him a walkover.

He qualified for Tokyo after edging out Carlo Paalam of the Philippines in a 4-1 split verdict in the 52 kg category at the Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers in Amman, Jordan.

The Indian boxer conceded the first round but came back to win the next two, relying primarily on his counter punches to move into the semi-finals.

As part of preparations for the Olympics, the Indian contingent had trained at the Olympic Centre in Assisi, Italy, and participated in two tournaments - the Alexis Vastine international boxing tournament in Nantes, France, and the Cologne Boxing World Cup in Germany in 2020.