India’s biggest boxing stars MC Mary Kom and Amit Panghal both in action for the first time at the Asia/Oceania Olympic qualifiers on day five of the event in Amman.
Six-time world champion Mary Kom has been seeded second in her category and will face New Zealand’s Benny Tasmyn in the first round on Saturday. Two wins are good enough to take her to Tokyo in what will be her last shot at Olympic glory.
Amit Panghal, silver medallist at the World Championships, is seeded one in his division and will be up against Mongolia’s Enkhmanadakh Kharkhuu, who he has a 1-1 record against. Having lost his last bout against the Mongolian, Amit Panghal will be keen to avenge that in Amman, Jordan.
Gaurav Solanki, who beat Akylbek Esenbek Uulu in the first round, will also be in action. He will face top-seeded Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov of Uzbekistan.
Indian boxing contingent at Asian Olympic Boxing Qualification
Men’s squad: 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’s squad: Mary Kom (51kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (57kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg).
Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers ties and schedule
The Asia/Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualification will see the preliminary rounds run from March 3-7 while quarter-final bouts are scheduled for March 8-9. 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 opening round action for the Indian pugilists at the Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers are as follows:
2:30 PM - 6: 30 PM IST
Amit Panghal vs Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu (MGL)
Gaurav Solanki vs Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov (UZB)
8:30 PM IST - 12:30 AM IST
MC Mary Kom vs Benny Tasmyn (NZL)
8:30 PM IST-12:30 AM IST
Satish Kumar vs Daivii Otgonbayar (MGL)
Pooja Rani vs Pornnipa Chutee (THA)
Lovlina Borgohain vs Maftunakhon Melieva (UZB)
When and where to watch the Asian boxing Olympic qualifiers
You can follow all the action from the Asia/Oceania Boxing Qualification live exclusively on the Olympic Channel as well as our Facebook page. The morning session will get underway at 1:30 PM IST while the evening session is scheduled to begin at 8:30 PM IST.
You can also follow the daily live blog in both English and Hindi on the Olympic Channel.