Six-time world champion Mary Kom and defending champion Amit Panghal are among the many seven Indian pugilists who will play within the finals on the 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai.
Whereas the seasoned campaigner Mary Kom alongside Pooja Rani (75kg), Anupama (+81kg) and Lalbuatsahi (64kg) will play their respective ultimate bouts on Sunday, Panghal, Shiva Thapa (64kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) can be in motion on Monday.
On the on-going prestigious Championships, which is collectively hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation, Indian contingent have already ensured their best-ever present by securing unprecedented 15 medals and bettered earlier highest of 13 medals (2 gold, 4 silver and seven bronze) achieved throughout the 2019 version.
The Worldwide Boxing Affiliation (AIBA) has allotted USD 4,00,000 prize cash for this Championships. The gold medallists of males’s and ladies’s classes can be awarded with USD 10,000 whereas each the silver and bronze medal winners will take house USD 5,000 and a couple of,500 respectively.
Aiming for the sixth gold medal in simply seven appearances, the veteran Mary Kom will face a stiff problem from the two-time world champion Kazakh boxer Nazym Kyzaibay within the 51kg ultimate. One other Olympic-bound Pooja Rani, who acquired a walk-over within the semi-finals, will combat in opposition to an in-form Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan, who ended the problem of London Olympics medallist Marina Volnova within the last-4 stage. Then again, Lalbuatsaihi and Anupama will even face sturdy Kazakh boxers of their respective finals.
Within the males’s part, Panghal will look to defend his title when he can be up in opposition to the Rio Olympics and world champion Uzbek pugilist Zoirov Shakhobidin of Uzbekistan within the gold medal match on Monday.
Assam boxer Thapa, who has been spectacular and the joint most profitable male boxer within the Championships with 5 consecutive medals, can be challenged by the Asian Video games silver medallist Mongolia’s Baatarsukh Chinzorig. Second seeded Sanjeet will combat in opposition to the Rio Olympics silver medallist Vassiliy Levit, who’s chasing his fourth gold medal of the Asian Championships.
Eight Indian pugilists Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Jaismine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (64kg), Monika (48kg), Saweety (81kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) secured bronze medals with their semi-final end on the occasion which has witnessed the presence of 150 boxers from 17 nations together with sturdy boxing nations equivalent to India, Uzbekistan, Philippines and Kazakhstan.