Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) will be looking for her sixth gold when she faces Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaibay in the women’s 51kg final at the Asian Boxing Championships here on Sunday.
38-year-old Olympic star Mary Kom had beaten Mongolian Lucaikhan Altantzeceg 4-1 in the semifinals on Thursday. She will face a difficult challenge from two-time world champion Kizaibay in the clash at the top.
Another Olympic-linked boxer, Puja Rani, who made it to the semifinals, will fight Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan, who completed the challenge of London Olympic medalist Marina Volnova in the final stage four.
Anupama (+ 81 kg) and Lalbuatsahi (64 kg) will also face strong Kazakh boxers in their respective finals.
On Monday, defending champion Amit Panghal (52kg), Shiva Tapa (64kg) and Sanjit (91kg) will be seen in action in the men’s gold medal matches on Monday.
Pangal will face the 2016 Rio Olympics and world champion Zoirov Shahobidin of Uzbekistan, while Tapa will face Asian Games silver medalist Baatarsuh Chinzorig of Mongolia.
Second seed Sanjit will fight silver medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Vasily Levitt, who is chasing his fourth Asian gold medal.
The Indian boxers have already secured their best show to date, securing an unprecedented 15 medals, improving on their previous highs of 13 (2 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze) achieved in the 2019 edition.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has awarded a $ 4.00,000 prize for this championship. The men’s and women’s gold medalists will receive $ 10,000 each, while the silver and bronze winners will take home $ 5,000 and $ 2,500, respectively.
Eight Indian Pagilists – Simrandjit Kaur (60 kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg), Jaismin (57 kg), Sakshi Chaudhari (64 kg), Monica (48 kg), Saviti (81 kg) for women and Vikas Krishan (69 kg) ) and Varinder Singh (60 kg)) among men – secured bronze medals with their semifinal final.