Five boxers to watch out for in the Tokyo Olympics

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MC MARY KOM (INDIA)

The 38-year-old mother of four is the face of the campaign to bring women’s boxing into the Games and a bronze flyweight medalist in London in 2012. The 38-year-old mother of four is ready for her Olympic swan song.

The little boxer is one of the most highly decorated fighters in amateur sport with a record of six world titles, the last of which was in 2018. She has also won gold medals at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

JULIO CESAR LA CRUZ (CUBA)

Cuban gold medalist Julio Cesar La Cruz (CUB) poses with his medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (REUTERS)

Regardless of whether he fights light or heavyweight in Tokyo, La Cruz is always worth a look for the distinctive defense technique that has earned him the nickname “La Sombra” or “The Shadow”.

The elusive 31-year-old, who won gold and four amateur world light heavyweight titles in Rio, drops his vigilance and invites his opponents before he uses his athleticism to dodge the blows that come at him.

SCHACHOBIDIN ZOIROV (UZBEKISTAN)

Shakhobidin Zoirov (UZB) from Uzbekistan celebrates after winning the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. (REUTERS)

Zoirov won flyweight gold when Uzbekistan topped the boxing medal table in Rio and will be back in the Olympic ring to defend his title after winning the 2019 world title and his first three professional bouts.

Trying to emulate his hero Muhammad Ali with his footwork and ringcraft, Southpaw ‘Shakho’ fires off quick body-head combinations before quickly getting out of range.

EUMIR MARTIAL (PHILIPPINES)

EUMIR MARCIAL

The 25-year-old middleweight qualified for Tokyo last year and is hoping to get the Philippines their first Olympic gold medal.

Inevitably, Marcial has drawn comparisons to his country’s greatest boxer, Manny Pacquiao, and prepared under the guidance of multiple world coach Freddie Roach after turning pro last year.

LAUREN PRIZE (UK)

LAUREN PRICE

Reigning world champion and European heavyweight champion, Price is determined to follow in the footsteps of trailblazer Nicola Adams and win boxing gold for Great Britain.

As a former world champion in kickboxing and national soccer player for Wales, the 26-year-old makes up for her relatively small stature with skillful footwork and quick hands to score points on the counter.