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Boxing: Mary Kom and Manish Kaushik get easy opening round at Boxam International Tournament
New Delhi, March 2, 2021
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom and World Championship bronze medalist Manish Kaushik got easy opening matches in the draw at the the Boxam International Tournament to be held in Castellon, Spain.
Kaushik will face Spanish opponent Raddouane Ammari on Tuesday night in the 63kg light welterweight preliminary round, veteran Mary Kom will begin her campaign in the quarter-finals stage where she will take on Italy’s Giordana Sorrentino in the flyweight 51kg.
Quarter-finals matches of women’s categories will be played on Wednesday.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mohammed Husamuddin (57 Kg) is the other Indian who will be seen in action in the preliminary round late in the night on Tuesday. He will fight against Spain’s Juan Manuel Torres.
The remaining 12 Indians (six men and six women), including Mary Kom, will start in the last-8 stage.
A 14-member Indian contingent, including nine Olympic qualified and other top boxers, will be in action at the 35th edition of the tournament which will witness a strong competition in the presence of boxers from 17 countries including top boxing nations like Russia, USA, Italy, Kazakhstan and Spain.
World Championships silver medallist Amit Panghal (52g), CWG gold medallist Vikas Krishnan (69kg) Satish Kumar, who is the first Indian boxer to qualify for Olympics in the +91kg category and Ashish Kumar are among the eight Indian men pugilist who are participating,
Mary Kom, Jasmine (57kg), who is making her maiden appearance at the senior international circuit, Manisha Moun (57kg), World Championships bronze medalists Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and 2019 Asian champion Pooja Rani (75kg) are the six Indians women in the fray.