Six-time world champion MC Marykom and defending champion Amit Panghal He is among the seven Indian boxers who will play in the finals of the 2021 ASBC Asian Women’s and Men’s Boxing Championships released in Dubai. Olympic medalist Veteran Marykom, along with Pooja Rani (75kg), Anupama (81kg) and Lalbutsahi (64kg), will play their final matches on Sunday while Panghal in the men’s section, having won five medals in the tournament so far Shiva Thapa (64 kg) and Sanjeet (91 kg) will be in action on Monday.
In this prestigious championship, the Indian team has already achieved 15 medals, achieving unprecedented success. This is his best performance so far in this championship. India won 13 medals (2 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze) in 2019 in Bangkok and finished third in the table. The special thing of this year is that the prize money of the championship has been increased drastically.
Will Mary Kom win sixth gold?
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has allocated US $ 4,00,000 prize money for this championship. Mary Kom is playing in the Asian Championships for the seventh time and will face a tough challenge from two-time world champion Kazakh boxer Nazim Kyazabe in the 51kg final, with her sixth gold medal target. Another Indian Pooja Rani, who qualified for the Olympics, who had a walk-over in the semi-finals, will face Mavluda Movalonova of Uzbekistan.
Amit Panghal is the defending champion
Mavluda ended the challenge of Marina Volnova, who won a medal at the London Olympics in the Final-4. On the other hand, Lalbutsai and Anupama will also have to face strong Kazakh boxers in the final of their respective weight categories. In the men’s category, Asian Games champion Panghal will try to defend his title by playing against Rio Olympic gold medalist and defending world champion boxer Zirov Shakhobidin in the gold medal match on Monday.
Shiva Thapa Created history
Assam boxer Thapa, who has been jointly the most successful male boxer in the championship with five consecutive medals, will have to accept the challenge of Asian Games silver medalist Batsukh Chinjorig of Mongolia. Second seed Sanjeet will face Rio Olympic silver medalist Vasily Levitt, who will enter the ring, aiming for his fourth gold medal at the Asian Championships.
Bronze to eight Indian boxers
Simranjit Kaur (60 kg), Vikas Krishna (69 kg), Lavlina Borgohain (69 kg), Jasmine (57 kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (64 kg), Monika (48 kg), Sweety (81 kg) and Varinder Singh (60 Kg) had to face defeat in the semi-finals. All of them have won a bronze medal for the country. It is worth mentioning that 150 boxers from 17 countries including strong boxing nations like India, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Philippines and Kazakhstan have participated in this championship.