Wed, 08 Aug 2012 16:56:02 GMT | By PTI

All eyes on Mary Kom and Devendro

Mumbai/London: Magnificent Mary and Magical Devendro. That has been the story of Indian boxing at London 2012. It is a big day today for the two stars from Manipur. Mary will be eyeing a berth in the final while Devendro will try and assure himself a medal. Can they rise to the occasion?

All eyes on Mary Kom and Devendro (© AFP)

The five-time world champion Mary has already assured at least a bronze medal for India, which means that the country has recorded its best-ever medal haul in the mega event.

India has already won one silver, two bronze and assured of a bronze, which is better than the one gold and two bronze medals they won in the Beijing Games four years ago. The only other Indian pugilist who has kept himself in the medal hunt is Devendro Singh who will clash with Paddy Barnes of Ireland in the men's fly weight (49 kg) category at the ExCel Arena tomorrow.

Interestingly, both Mary and Devendro hail from Manipur and know each other well and it would be a huge fillip to the sport in the strife-torn state if they progress further in the event.

Women's boxing has been introduced for the first time in the Olympics and Mary, who has always taken part in the 48 kg category where she has excelled, had to increase her body weight to be eligible to take part in the 51 kg category in the Olympic Games.