Amit Phangal sets boxing medal target at Tokyo 2020
Boxer Amit Phangal has laid out Indian ambitions in his sport for the upcoming Olympics.
Phangal believes that India should aim at taking home two gold medals from Tokyo 2020, after the improved performances of India’s boxing contingent over the last few years.
"Our performance in the recent times has improved by leaps and bounds. We have won many gold medals, whether it be at the Commonwealth Games or Asian Championships or the World Championships," said Panghal speaking to news agency IANS.
"We will go into the Tokyo Olympics with an aim to win at least two gold medals. We can win more but at least two gold medals can be expected from Indian boxers at the Tokyo Olympics," he added.
Indian boxing’s blue-eyed boy
The 24-year-old pugilist from Haryana has impressed since debuting at the national championships in 2017, Phangal won a gold medal in his very first competition and hasn’t looked back ever since.
2018 turned out to be a glorious year for the light flyweight boxer as he won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast and followed that with a gold medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta.
Phangal continued his fine form in 2019 as well with his title-winning show at the 2019 Asian Championships in Bangkok and then became the first-ever Indian male pugilist to reach the final at the World Championships. The Indian won a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
No time to rest
A part of Big Bout Indian Boxing League franchise Gujarat Giants, Phangal has led his side to the semi-final in the inaugural edition of the tournament, where they will take on Bombay Bullets. Then he has his sights firmly set on the Asia/Oceania Olympic qualifier to be held in Wuhan, China next February.
"I am fully prepared for the Tokyo Olympics. First, in February, we have the Olympic Qualifiers and my aim is to give my best there and qualify for the Olympics. Like every other player, my aim is to represent India at the Olympics and win a medal," said Phangal.