June 23 (Reuters) – 5 boxers to be careful for on the Tokyo Olympics:
JULIO CESAR LA CRUZ (CUBA)
Whether or not he finally ends up preventing at light-heavyweight or heavyweight in Tokyo, La Cruz is all the time value anticipating the distinctive defensive method that earned him the nickname ‘La Sombra’, or ‘the Shadow’.
The elusive 31-year-old, who received gold in Rio and 4 beginner world titles at light-heavyweight, drops his guard and invitations his opponents on earlier than utilizing his athleticism to swerve out of the way in which of the punches that come his manner.
SHAKHOBIDIN ZOIROV (UZBEKISTAN)
Zoirov received flyweight gold as Uzbekistan topped the boxing medals desk in Rio and after successful the 2019 world title and his first three skilled fights will probably be again within the Olympic ring to defend his title.
Southpaw ‘Shakho’, who tries to emulate his hero Muhammad Ali together with his footwork and ringcraft, fires fast body-head combos earlier than making a swift exit out of vary.
MC MARY KOM (INDIA)
The face of the marketing campaign to get ladies’s boxing into the Video games and flyweight bronze medallist at London 2012, the 38-year-old mom of 4 is about for her Olympic swansong.
The pint-sized boxer is among the most adorned ladies fighters within the beginner sport with a document six world championships titles, the final of which got here in 2018. She has additionally received gold medals on the Asian Video games and Commonwealth Video games.
EUMIR MARCIAL (PHILIPPINES)
The 25-year-old middleweight certified for Tokyo final yr and will probably be hoping to earn the Philippines its first ever Olympic gold medal.
Marcial has inevitably drawn comparisons together with his nation’s biggest boxer, Manny Pacquiao, and has been getting ready below the tutelage of the a number of world champion’s coach Freddie Roach after turning skilled final yr.
LAUREN PRICE (BRITAIN)
The reigning world and European Video games heavyweight champion, Worth is set to comply with within the footsteps of trailblazer Nicola Adams by successful boxing gold for Britain.
A former world champion kickboxer and worldwide soccer participant for Wales, the 26-year-old makes up for her comparatively brief stature through the use of intelligent footwork and quick arms to attain factors on the counter.
Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, enhancing by Peter Rutherford
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