Boxing: Mary Kom, Panghal and five other Indians to fight for gold at Asian Championships
New Delhi, May 29, 2021
Seasoned campaigner Mary Kom, defending champion Amit Panghal and five other Indian pugilists will be seen in action in the finals of the 2021 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai.
Mary Kom alongside Pooja Rani (75kg), Anupama (+81kg) and Lalbuatsahi (64kg) will fight in their respective final bouts on Sunday, while Panghal, Shiva Thapa (64kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) will be seen in action on Monday.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has allocated US$ 4,00,000 prize money for this championship. The gold medalists of men’s and women’s categories will be awarded with $ 10,000 while the silver and bronze medal winners will take home $ 5,000 and $ 2,500, respectively.
Aiming for the sixth gold medal in just seven appearances, veteran Mary Kom will face a stiff challenge from two-time world champion Kazakh boxer Nazym Kyzaibay in the 51kg final.
Another Olympics-bound boxer, Pooja Rani, who received a walk-over in the semi-finals, will clash with in-form Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan, who ended the challenge of London Olympics medalist Marina Volnova in the last-4 stage.
Lalbuatsaihi and Anupama will also face strong Kazakh rivals in their respective finals.
In the men’s section, Panghal will be up against the Rio Olympics and world champion Zoirov Shakhobidin of Uzbekistan in the gold medal match on Monday.
Assam boxer Thapa will be challenged by Asian Games silver medalist Mongolia’s Baatarsukh Chinzorig. Second-seeded Sanjeet will take on Rio Olympics silver medalist Vassiliy Levit, who is chasing his fourth gold medal at 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 finishes.