Asian Games is scheduled to commence in two days and there has been a lot of hopes about boxers securing medals in these games. On the back of an extremely good Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, there will be a lot of expectations on Indian boxers to deliver on the big stage again.
Mary Kom was supposed to be the face of the Indian contingent in this Asian Games but to everyone’s surprise, the 35-year-old Olympic medalist announced that she won’t be participating in the Asian Games as she doesn’t want to revert back to the 51 kg section. The reason told by her is she wants to focus on World Boxing Championship and win a medal in it.
Despite Mary Kom’s absence, India does have the depth to win a lot of medals in this important event. Indian boxers would be trying to better the medal haul of the previous Asian Games following their brilliant exhibition in the Commonwealth Games. The 2014 Asian Games saw India winning five medals including one gold by Mary Kom.
The introduction of Santiago Nieva as the boxing coach has worked wonders for the boxing squad. Following a poor performance in 2016, there had been a sense of negative opinion about boxing but Santiago has worked tirelessly to improve each and every aspects and technicality of every boxer which has reaped rich dividends. The result is very clear as every boxer participated in the Commonwealth Games returned with at least a medal but that cannot be criteria to judge the performance of boxers at world level.
This Asian games could prove to be a proper ring to evaluate their performance before the Tokyo Olympic Games as Boxers will have the chance to see how much they have improved their skills in comparison to other world-class boxers
Let us have a look at some names who will Shine for India at the Asian Games and their possible competitors.
Vikas Krishnan (75kg)
The 26-year-old boxer will have to be at his best to turn his bronze last time into gold. The Hisar born boxer will face a tough fight from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan,and South Korean Boxers. As the boxers from these three countries secured medals along with him in the 2017 Asian Boxing Championship. He won the bronze at these championships.
Vikas has to use his experience and devise strategies according to the opponents he is going face in Games. Draw he is going to receive in games will play a significant role in his performance at Asian.
Shiva Thapa (56Kg)
The young Indian had a troubled past but he seems to have recovered and is looking hungrier than ever. The 24-year old won a silver at 2017 Asian Boxing championship and will be hoping to turn into a gold medal at these games. He has to be at his best and shrug off the challenges from Uzbekistan, Mongolian and Chinese Boxers. Shiva is able to give his best at international best that will help him a lot in crucial situations of pressure bouts.
Amit Panghal (48 kg)
Amit has been quite consistent in his category and won a bronze at 2017 Asian Championship. In the recently held Commonwealth games, he won a silver medal and lost the finals in a split decision. He will win a medal for sure but color can be decided based on his performance on that particular day. It will be a confidence booster for him if he is able to win a medal at these games
Sarjubala Devi (51kg)
The World Championship silver medalist will be keen to add an Asian Medal into her kitty. The boxers from China, South Korea, and Mongolia are serious contenders for medals in her category. Sarjubala is fighting in the same category in which Mary Kom won a medal last time. So there will be a lot of expectations from her,hopefullywill enhance her performance in Games.
All the other boxers will be keen to give their best but a medal from them will be a sweet addition to overall medal tally of India. According to analysis done by Sportingindia, Boxing contingent will win around 4 to 5 medals in these Games.Boxers Profile