India’s leading boxers are just a win away from sealing their place at the 2020 Olympics.
Indian boxing’s premier talents MC Mary Kom and Amit Panghal will look to join Pooja Rani and Vikas Krishan at the 2020 Olympics,when they enter the ring for their Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers quarter-final bouts on Monday.
Indian legend Mary Kom has been in fine shape in Amman, Jordan, winning her only bout in a convincing manner.
The Manipur pugilist used all her experience against New Zealand’s Tasmyn Benny in the round-of-16 of the women’s flyweight (51kg) division to record a unanimous win.
But in the quarters, Mary Kom will have to be on her toes if she is to get past Irish Magno of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, things won’t be any easy for Amit Panghal as well. After scraping past Mongolia's Enkhmanadakh Kharkhuu in his previous round, the top-seed will face the Philippines' Carlo Paalam.
Apart from Mary Kom and Amit Panghal, the other Indian boxer looking to seal a place at the 2020 Olympics on Monday include the likes of the 2019 AIBA World Championships bronze medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (57kg) and Simranjit Kaur (60kg).
Men: Amit Panghal (52kg), Gaurav Solanki (57kg), Manish Kaushik (63 kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Sachin Kumar (81kg), Naman Tanwar (91kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg).
Women: MC Mary Kom (51kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (57kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg).
The Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualification will see the final set of quarter-finals being played on Monday. The semi-finals and box-offs will be held on March 10, with the finals and last round of box-offs set for March 11.
The quarter-final action involving Indian boxers are as follows:
Morning Session (2:30 PM IST onwards)
Sakshi Chaudhary vs Im Aeji (KOR)
Amit Panghal vs Paalam Carlo (PHI)
Manish Kaushik vs Baatarsukh Chinzorig (MGL)
Evening Session (8:30 PM IST onwards)
MC Mary Kom vs Magno Irish (PHI)
Simranjit Kaur vs Monkhor Namuun (MGL)
You can follow all the action from the Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualification live exclusively on the Olympic Channel. The morning session will begin at 2:30 PM IST while the evening session is scheduled for 8:30 PM IST.
You can also follow the daily live blog in both English and Hindi on the Olympic Channel.