CWG Boxing: All eyes on Mary Kom & Co.

India is fielding 12 boxers in Gold Coast with the hope of bettering its performance; Vijender Singh is the most successful Indian boxer at the Commonwealth Games in terms of number of medals won.

Going for gold: The five-time World champion and Olympic medallist, Mary Kom, will compete in the light flyweight (48) class at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. A medal here should complete her haul of major titles.   -  AFP

Mohammad Ali Qamar (2002), Akhil Kumar (2006) and Suranjoy Singh, Manoj Kumar and Paramjeet Samota (2010) have all won gold medals. Vijender Singh is the most successful Indian boxer at the Commonwealth Games in terms of number of medals won. The Olympic and World Championship medallist bagged medals in the 2006 (silver), 2010 (bronze) and 2014 (silver) editions of the Games.

In Gold Coast, India has fielded 12 boxers — light fly (49 kg), fly (52 kg), bantam (56 kg), light (60 kg), welter (69 kg), middle (75 kg), heavy (91 kg) and super heavy (+91 kg) in men, light fly (48 kg), fly (51 kg), light (60 kg) and welter (69 kg) in women.

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Five-time World champion and Olympic medallist Mary Kom (48 kg), former World and Asian champion Sarita Devi (60 kg), former Commonwealth Games medallist Pinki Rani Jangra (51 kg) and Asian championship medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) are expected to win medals in the women’s section for India.

Among men, experienced boxers like World championship medallist Vikas Krishan (75 kg) and former CWG gold medallist Manoj Kumar (69 kg) and up-and-coming boxers such as Asian championship bronze medallist Amit Panghal (49 kg) and National champion Manish Kaushik (60 kg) are capable of podium finishes.

THE COUNT

Total medals: 28 (5 gold, 9 silver, 14 bronze).

1970 Edinburgh: 1 bronze (welterweight).

1974 Christchurch: 1 silver (flyweight) and 1 bronze (lightweight).

1978 Edmonton: 1 bronze (light flyweight).

1982 Brisbane: 1 bronze (welterweight).

1990 Auckland: 1 bronze (light flyweight).

1994 Victoria: 1 bronze (light flyweight).

1998 Kuala Lumpur: 1 silver (middleweight).

2002 Manchester: 1 gold (light flyweight), 1 silver (featherweight) and 1 bronze (middleweight).

2006 Melbourne: 1 gold (bantamweight), 2 silver (welterweight and heavyweight), 2 bronze (flyweight and super heavyweight).

2010 Delhi: 3 gold (flyweight, light welterweight, super heavyweight) and 4 bronze (light flyweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight).

2014 Glasgow: Men: 3 silver (light flyweight, welterweight and middleweight).

Women: 1 silver (lightweight) and 1 bronze (flyweight).