Guwahati, May 20: Six-time World champion Mary Kom may have a possible semi-final face-off with Asian Championship bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen in 51kg in the second edition of the India Open boxing tournament which begins here this evening.
As per draw released on Sunday, Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) could have a hassle-free route to the final where he is likely to take on Asian Games silver medallist Rogen Siaga Ladon of Philippines.
There are 10 Indian boxers already confirmed of medal with 6 in men and 4 in women being already placed in the semi-finals because of the smaller size of the draw. Brijesh Yadav and Sanjay are already into the 81kg semi-finals and so are Naman Tanwar and Sanjeet in 91kg and Satish Kumar and Atul Thakur in +91kg.
In women’s, Lovlina Borgohain and Anjali are already assured of medals in 69kg while Bhagyabati Kachari and Saweety Boora are through to the last-four in 75kg by virtue of a first round bye.
"We have at least a couple of Indian boxers in each category and the competition is very close. It will be a very interesting tournament and the exposure for the boxers will stand them in good stead ahead of the World Championships," said Raffaele Bergamasco, the Performance Director of Indian women’s boxing. (UNI)