Mary Kom, Manish Kaushik set to feature at Boxam International next month

The 37-year-old flyweight boxer last competed at the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Jordan in March last year. The tournament in Spain is scheduled to be held from March 1 to 7.

Mary Kom last competed at the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Jordan in March 2020 (File Photo)   -  RITU RAJ KONWAR

Six-time World champion M.C. Mary Kom and Worlds bronze medallist Manish Kaushik will return to competition in the Boxam International tournament in Castellon, Spain, after almost a year.

Mary, who was recovering from dengue, and Manish, who was going through rehab following a surgery, missed the Europe tour late last year. Their last competition was the Asian Olympic qualifier in Amman, Jordan, in March.

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They will be part of the Olympic-qualified and probable boxers’ group which will take part in the Spain event to be held from March 1 to 7, according to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Friday.

World championship silver medallist Amit Panghal, former Worlds medallist Vikas Krishan and Olympian Sumit Sangwan – who was let off with a reprimand for a doping violation by the National Anti-Doping Appeal Panel in March last year – will be among the male boxers on the tour.

This will be the first amateur event for Vikas, who went to the USA for professional training, after the Olympic qualifier.

World championships medallists Simranjit Kaur and Lovlina Borgohain will be among the female boxers on the tour.

Twelve others will compete in the prestigious 72nd Strandja international tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria, from February 21 to 28.

The squads

For Boxam event

Men: Amit Panghal (52kg), Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Sumit Sangwan (81kg), Sanjeet (91kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg).

Women: M.C. Mary Kom (51kg), Manisha Moun and Jasmine (both 57kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Pooja Rani (75kg).

For Strandja event

Men: Deepak (52kg), Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg), Naveen Boora (69kg), Ankit Khatana (75kg), Sachin Kumar (81kg), Naveen Kumar (91kg) and Manjeet Sandhu (+91kg).

Women: Jyoti (51kg), Sakshi (57kg), Shashi Chopra (60kg), Lalita (69kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg).

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