Thirteen Indian pugilists will play their semi-final bouts of the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok today. The boxers seven men and six women are assured of Bronze medals after they advanced to the last-four stage of the marquee continental championship.

The pugilists include L Sarita Devi in 60 kilogram category, Shiva Thapa also in 60 kgs, Pooja Rani in 75 kgs, Amit Panghal in 52 kgs, Satish Kumar in 91 kgs, Sonia Chahal in 57 kgs and Nikhat Zareen in 51 kgs.

This year, the performance has placed India ahead of powerhouses Kazakhstan and China as they have more number of boxers in the semi-finals.

This is for the first time that the tournament is being held simultaneously for men and women.

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