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India - Australia boxers to participate in joint training exercises

Ending almost four years of uncertainty, Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President Ajay Singh said on Thursday that the country's boxers will get an opportunity to test themselves when the Australian teams (both men and women) arrive here in February to participate in a training-cum-competition event.

"We had invited the Australian team and they have accepted our invitation to come in February. Before that the women's team will be going to Serbia for a competition," Singh told reporters after Assam Chief Minister Sorbananda Sonowal declared the senior men's national championships open at the Sarusajai Indoor Stadium in Guwahati.

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Shiva Thapa in fine form on Opening Day of National Boxing Championship

Birthday boy and local favourite Shiva Thapa's thumping 5-0 win over Arunachal Pradesh's Gumin Gara in the opening bout of the senior men's National Championship was the lone highlight on Thursday, which was marred by several incidents of mismanagement by the organisers.

While the second bout started as late as 6 p.m., the organisers claimed that the delay was due to the late participation of four uninvited teams, taking the total number of teams to 37, while some other teams had to battle fog and a tragic accident near the Assam-Bengal border on Tuesday night.

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Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo unifies IBF and IBO titles

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Namibian Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo moved up to second in the world boxing ranking after knocking out former IBF world champion Eduard Tryoyanovsky of Russia in 40 seconds in the first round of a scheduled 12-round bout in Russia.

Indongo is currently ranked fourth by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), and this was his first shot at a world title.

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Serrano sisters chasing incredible boxing feat

Puerto Ricans Cindy and Amanda Serrano could become the first pair of sisters to be world boxing champions at the same time on December 10, if Cindy can defeat Colombia's Calixta Silgado in their bout for the women's 126 pound (58kg) World Boxing Organisation title.

The Cosme Beitia de CataƱo coliseum in northeastern Puerto Rico will host the fight.

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Mary Kom to be honoured by AIBA

The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Friday named London Olympics bronze medalist M.C. Mary Kom for the 'Legends Award' on its 70th anniversary.

Mary, a five-time World Champion boxer, will be presented the award at a gala dinner ceremony on December 20 at Lausanne, in Switzerland, according to a statement from the global body.

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