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Mary Kom confident of doing well in new 51kg category in India Open

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Gearing up for her first competitive bout in the new 51kg category, celebrated Saturday said change was always good and she was feeling confident of doing well in the India Open, beginning here on Monday.

Mary Kom, who reached here Saturday, trained at the Authority of ahead of the five-day tournament to be held at the

"Yes, of course, there are expectations from me. I have been training well and will give my 100 percent to make my country proud. A change is always good and I feel more confident in 51kg after the last few months of rigorous training," the 2012 bronze medallist in 48kg said.

The 48kg weight category is no longer there in and the diminutive Manipuri will have to fight in the higher 51kg class if she wants to compete in next year's

"It feels like a homecoming to come here (Guwahati) and I hope there will be tremendous support for all the Indian boxers," said the six-time world champion who had won a 48kg gold in the last edition in 2018.

While leads the Indian team, top international boxers such as gold medallists Baturov Bobo and Mirzakhalilov Mirazizbek, two-time World Championships medallist Jasurbek Latipov of Uzbekistan, Youth champion of Argentina, world champion and reigning Asian champion of will also be seen in action.

With a few months go for the World Championships, which is also an Olympic qualifier, will serve as the preparatory tournament for all the participants.

"There are a lot of boxers, including me, who have changed their category," said gold medallist Amit Panghal, who jumped weight category from 49kg to 52kg.

"So, this will be a good platform for us to face top-notch boxers and gauge the competition as we gear up for the World Championships," added the Asian champion who won a gold in 52kg.

Foreign teams have started arriving with and being the first to touch down in Guwahati on Saturday while others are expected to reach on Sunday.

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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 20:51 IST