Boxam meet: Mary Kom, Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishan drawn in quarter-finals

Olympic medallist Mary Kom and Amit Panghal got a bye in the opening rounds due to the small entry list. Vikas Krishan will be up against an Olympic medallist. Watch live!

By Rahul Venkat

London 2012 bronze-medallist MC Mary Kom will directly box in the quarter-finals in her return to the ring at the Boxam International boxing tournament draw made on Tuesday in Valencia, Spain.

Mary Kom – who will be seen in action for the first time since the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Amman, Jordan in March 2020, where she secured her Tokyo ticket – will take on Italy’s Giordina Sorrentino in the 51kg quarter-final.

Star Indian boxer Amit Panghal has also been drawn directly in the quarter-final of the 52kg category, where he will be up against Gabriel Escobar of Spain. The tournament, held from March 1 to March 6, will help Indian boxers assess their game for the upcoming Olympic Games.

“Of late, our training has been focused on speed and endurance. So, Boxam would be a nice place to judge how much my speed and endurance has improved,” Amit Pangal told the Olympic Channel earlier.

Panghal - the 2018 Asian Games champion, the world championships silver-medallist and world No.1 in his category – is expected to be the favourite against local boxer Escobar.

Veteran Vikas Krishan will also box against London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Vincenzo Mangiacapre of Italy in the 69kg quarter-finals.

Nine other boxers – Ashish Kumar (75kg), Sumit Sangwan (81kg), Satish Kumar (91kg), Sanjeet (91kg), Jasmine, Manisha Moun (both 57kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) – are all through to the quarter-final.

Ashish Kumar, Satish Kumar, Simranjit Kaur, Lovlina Borgohain and Pooja Rani have already booked their Tokyo berths. All 12 boxers will be one win away from winning a medal in their respective weight categories at the Boxam tournament Spain 2021.

The Boxam meet will also be a return to competition for Manish Kaushik, and the 63kg boxer will have to negotiate an extra round as he takes on Redouan Ammari Abdellaoui of Egypt in the preliminaries.

Boxam international boxing tournament draw

Men

Amit Pangal vs Gabriel Escobar (ESP) - 52kg quarter-final

Mohammad Hussamuddin vs Joan Manuel Torres Valdez (ESP) - 57kg preliminaries

Manish Kaushik vs Redouan Ammari Abdellaoui (ESP) - 63kg preliminaries

Vikas Krishan vs Vincenzo Mangiacapre (ITA) - 69kg quarter-final

Ashish Kumar vs TBD - 75kg quarter-final

Sumit Sangwan vs Ziad El Mohor (BEL) - 81kg quarter-final

Sanjeet vs Matteo Girolamo (ITA) - -91kg quarter-final

Satish Kumar vs Morten Givskov (DEN) - +91kg quarter-final

Women

Mary Kom vs Giordana Sorrentino (ITA) - 51kg quarter-final

Jasmine vs Andrea Medina (USA) - 57kg quarter-final

Manisha Moun vs Irma Testa (ITA) - 57kg quarter-final

Simranjit Kaur vs Victoria Albons Llompart (ESP) - 60kg quarter-final

Lovlina Borgohain vs Saadat Dalgatova (RUS) - 69kg quarter-final

Pooja Rani vs Assunta Canfora (ITA) - 75kg quarter-final

Where to watch the Boxam tournament live in India?

Live streaming of the Boxam tournament Spain 2021 will be available on the Laligasportstv Facebook page.