Amit Panghal. (TOI Photo)NEW DELHI: In a big growth and one to make the Indian boxing proud, reigning Asian Games champion and World Championships silver-medallist, Amit Panghal, has attained the numero uno place to become the World No.1 pugilist in his 52kg class in the latest record of world rankings launched by the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA), the game’s international governing physique, after a protracted hole of virtually 18 months.
The final time the AIBA had provide you with a rating record was in January 2019, that, too, for under the feminine pugilists, when six-time world champion, MC Mary Kom, had risen to the highest of her 48kg weight division driving on her historic sixth gold on the ladies’s World Championships, held in Delhi in November 2018. The AIBA, that point, hadn’t launched the record for male boxers.
In the most recent rankings, Mary Kom has been declared World No.Three with 1550 factors, trailing her nemesis, North Korean Pang Chol-mi (2350 factors), a gold medallist on the 2018 Delhi Worlds, and Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu (2000 factors). Mary Kom earned 900 factors for her gold on the Delhi Worlds and her bronze end on the 2019 Ulan-Ude World Championships in Russia fetched her 650 factors.
Ulan-Ude Worlds silver medallist, Manju Rani, has become the highest-ranked Indian globally at No.2 place in her 48kg weight division, accumulating a complete of 1175 factors (800 factors for Ulan-Ude meet and 375 factors for Delhi Worlds). The Haryana boxer was the lone Indian to make the ultimate on the 2019 Worlds, a feat which additionally earned her a quota place for the Tokyo Games.
Rohtak-boy Amit, 24, who holds the excellence of being probably the most profitable Indian boxer in the World Championships’ historical past after clinching a silver on the 2019 Worlds in Yekaterinburg, Russia in September final 12 months, is positioned on high of the rating charts in his weight division with 1300 factors. Amit’s fierce arch-rival, reigning Olympic and Worlds gold medallist, Zoirov Shakhobidin from Uzbekistan, has taken the second place with 1200 factors, whereas Bulgaria’s Asenov Daniel Panev is distant third with 1000 factors.
There’s a excessive significance hooked up to Amit’s newest feat since that is the primary time the AIBA has ranked the star Indian pugilist World No.1. When Amit was introduced the World No.1 in February this 12 months, it was accomplished by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)-appointed, Boxing Task Force, which has been mandated to conduct the Olympic qualifiers and the principle occasion on the now-postponed Games subsequent 12 months because the AIBA is at the moment serving suspension for alleged monetary and administrative mismanagement. Amit had secured the numero uno place forward of the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Amman, Jordan in March, a match which earned him a Tokyo quota place. The identical process power had seeded Amit second behind Zoirov on the 2019 Russia Worlds.
But that is the primary time since January 2019 and likewise after the AIBA’s suspension in May final 12 months that the worldwide governing physique has provide you with an official rating chart for each the boys’s and girls’s pugilists, primarily based on their efficiency in tournaments starting from 2018-2019. The rankings introduced are as of September 2020.
Amit has been certainly one of India’s most constant boxers since 2018, profitable the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games silver, Jakarta Asiad and Asian Championships gold, adopted by a silver on the Worlds.
Apart from Amit, Kavinder Bisht is the opposite higher-ranked Indian on the World No.four place in his 56kg division with 750 factors, whereas each Deepak (49kg) and Manish Kaushik (64kg) are positioned sixth in their respective weight classes.
For the boys’s class, the efficiency on the 2019 Worlds and final 12 months’s Asian boxing championships in Bangkok had been taken into consideration by the AIBA. Amit earned 800 factors for his Worlds silver and one other 500 factors for profitable a gold on the Asian meet, adopted by one other yellow metal-finish at Europe’s largest boxing occasion, Strandja Memorial match in Bulgaria.
In the ladies’s part, aside from Manju and Mary Kom, Lovlina Borgohain, one other Worlds bronze medallist and a Tokyo qualifier, is the opposite higher-ranked Indian because the World No.3 in her 69kg class with 1300 factors. Other ladies pugilists embrace Sonia Lather (4th) in 57kg class, Jamuna Boro (fifth) in 54kg class and Simranjit Kaur (sixth) in 64kg class.
For the ladies’s part, the rankings took into consideration performances on the 2018 (Delhi), 2019 (Ulan-Ude) Worlds and the 2019 continental meet in Bangkok.
Men’s rankings: Deepak (49kg, sixth); Amit Panghal (52kg, 1st); Kavinder Bisht (56kg, 4th); Shiva Thapa (60kg, 16th); Manish Kaushik (64kg, sixth); Ashish (69kg, 19th); Ashish Kumar (75kg, 13th); Sanjeet (91kg, 12th) and Satish Kumar (+91kg, 23rd).
Women’s rankings: Manju Rani (48kg, 2nd); M C Mary Kom (51kg, third), Pinki Rani (51kg, 13th) and Nikhat Zareen (51kg, 21st); Jamuna Boro (54kg, fifth) and Manisha (54kg, 13th); Sonia Lather (57kg, 4th); Sarita Devi (60kg, 25th); Simranjit Kaur (64kg, sixth); Lovlina Borgohain (69kg, third); Pooja Rani (81kg, eighth).