Four NE players are representing India in the World Women Boxing Championship 2018 Credit: File image

Guhawati: Manipur’s Mary Kom, the poster girl of Indian boxing, will be eyeing her sixth gold medal in the International Boxing Association’s World Women Boxing Championship 2018 which kicked off at the Indira Gandhi Sport Complex in New Delhi on Thursday.

In the ten-member squad, three other Northeastern boxers are representing India in the championship where 277 athletes from 62 countries are competing.

While all eyes will be on Kom, Laishram Sarita Devi, who is competing in the 60 kg category, will be the big contender to win gold. Manipur’s Devi won the gold for India when the country hosted the championship in 2006.

Assam’s Lovlina Borgohain is competing in the 69-kg category. She earlier won a bronze medal at the Asian Championship and a gold in the Indian Open. In the 69-kg category, 25 athletes are competing for titles.

Assam girl Bhagyabati Kachari, who is competing in the 81-kg category, will start her bout against Germany’s Nocholta Schonberger on November 18. Bhagyabati won a bronze in the 2012 Asian Women Boxing Championship.

India will look to increase its medal tally in the world women championship against its last performance. India is hosting the mega event for the second time after 2006. During that event, India were second with 4 gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

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