Commonwealth Games gold-medallists Gaurav Solanki (52kg) and Vikas Krishan Yadav(75kg) are confirmed in the Indian boxing squad for Asian Games 2018. Asian Games will feature in seven weight categories- 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, and 75kg. However, the Boxing Federation of India decided to conduct trials in 60kg and 64kg category.
Olympian boxer Shiva Thapa will square-off against Gold Coast CWG silver-medalist Manish Kaushik in 60kg. Dheeraj Rangi will take on Rohit Tokas in the 64kg trials to be held on June 29, a top federation official told PTI as reported by Times of India..
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Amit Panghal (49kg), and Hyderabad boxer Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg) are confirmed in the squad alongside Vikas and Gaurav for the Asian extravaganza.
In 69 kg category, the battle for the spot will be between Manoj Kumar and Mandeep Jangra. Mandeep may be considered over Kumar following the lack of form for the latter boxer. Manoj had lost in the quarterfinals of the Chemistry Cup in Germany last week.
The ignorance of Youth World Champion Sachin Siwach (52kg) and senior World Championship bronze-medallist Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) have lodged a protest for their denial in the trials.
Indian boxing squad for Asian Games 2018
Amit Panghal (49kg)
Gaurav Solanki (52kg)
Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg)
Shiva Thapa or Manish Kaushik (60 kg)
Dheeraj Rangi or Rohit Tokas (64kg)
Manoj Kumar or Mandeep Jangra(69 kg)
Vikas Krishan Yadav(75kg)