Indian boxers aim for medals, Olympic berths as World Championships begin today

first_imgIndian pugilists would look to secure Olympic berths besides fetching medals against a strong field in the World Boxing Championships starting in Azerbaijan on Monday. The top 10 in eight weight categories would qualify for the London Games, scheduled in 2012, while in the heavyweight and super heavyweight, the top six would book their Olympic berths. Apart from last edition’s bronze-medallist Vijender Singh there are others to watch out for as well. Suranjoy Singh (52kg) would be among the ones to watch out for. The diminutive Manipuri, fondly called “Chhota Tyson”, would be expected to not just book an Olympic berth but also fetch a medal. For the experienced Akhil Kumar (56kg), it would be about regaining lost ground. With more than 650 boxers from 120 countries in fray, it is one of the biggest world championships from where the first batch of Olympic qualifiers would be known.last_img

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