Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom and Asian Games gold-medallist Amit Panghal are among 12 Indian boxers who stand only a win away from securing medals on the Boxam International Tournament in Castellon, Spain after discovering themselves in quarterfinals when draws for the occasion had been unveiled.
The match options all of India’s 9 Tokyo Olympics-bound boxers together with 5 others.
Mary Kom (51kg), competing for the primary time since qualifying for the Olympics final 12 months, will tackle Italian Giordana Sorrentino in her opening bout on Wednesday.
Panghal (52kg), who gained a gold medal on the Cologne World Cup in Germany in December final 12 months, shall be going through native favorite Gabriel Escobar in his quarterfinal conflict after getting an opening-round bye.
Vikas Krishan (69kg), one other sturdy medal contender for Tokyo, can also be in the quarters after getting a bye and can tackle Vincenzo Mangiacapre of Italy.
Also by way of to quarters because of the comparatively small dimension of the draw had been Asian silver-medallist Ashish Kumar (75kg), and Sumit Sangwan (81kg), who’s returning to competitors after enduring a interval of turmoil resulting from a doping suspension that was later lifted after he was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Of the 2, Ashish is certain for Tokyo together with Satish Kumar (+91kg), the primary tremendous heavyweight from the nation to qualify for the quadrennial showpiece. Satish can also be in quarters at this match.
Joining them in the last-eight stage is Sanjeet (91kg), a promising title arising who discovered highlight along with his India Open gold in 2019.
Among the ladies, Jasmine and Manisha, in the 57kg class, are additionally by way of to the quarters after getting byes.
The Olympic-bound trio of Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) may even be competing in the quarterfinal stage on Wednesday.
Manish Kaushik (63kg), assured of a Tokyo spot and making a comeback after an damage layoff, didn’t get a bye and can struggle Spaniard Abdellaoui (*12*) for a spot in the quarters on Tuesday.
Also in motion could be Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg), who shall be up towards one other native hope in Joan Manuel Torres.