New Delhi: Indian boxer Amit Panghal will enter the Tokyo Olympics as the world number one boxer in the men’s 52kg flyweight category. Panghal has been ranked at the top of the rankings released by the Boxing Task Force of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is the only Indian boxer to be ranked number one in the Olympics.
Panghal lost to defending Olympic champion Zoirov Shakhobidin in the men’s 52kg final at the 2021 Asian Boxing Championships. As a result, he had to be content with the silver medal. In the men’s rankings, Manish Kaushik is ranked 18th in the 63kg category while Ashish Kumar and Satish Kumar are ranked ninth in the 75kg and 91kg category respectively.
In the women’s section, six-time world champion Mary Kom has been placed seventh in the 51kg category. Simranjit Kaur has been ranked fourth in the 60kg category. Lovlina Borgohain is ranked fifth in the 69kg category while Pooja Rani is ranked 8th in the 75kg category. The Tokyo Olympics were to be held last year, but it was postponed due to the Covid-19 epidemic, and now it will be held from 23 July to 8 August this year.