Punjab, Delhi eye last-four berth as SBL returns


The electrifying, entertaining Super Boxing League action is set to return over the weekend. OPM Punjab Sultans and Delhi Gladiators will be vying for semi-final berths from Group A.
In Group B action, Mubai Assassins take on Bahubali Boxers on Saturday, while Maratha Yodhas run into North East Tigers on the card listed for Sunday.

The Super Boxing League will witness some nail-biting encounters this weekend as the last three fight nights of the Group stage take place at the Siri Fort Squash and Badminton Stadium in New Delhi. It will be the penultimate week for India’s top professional boxing action.
Of the six teams participating this weekend, OPM Punjab Sultans will have a do-or-die match against the Delhi Gladiators in Group A. Mumbai Assassins and Bahubali Boxers will play for pride as they have both lost their earlier two games. Even as the teams are out of contention for a last-four spot, the fight between the two “equal” sides is expected to be a fierce battle as they will be boxing to sign off the season on a winning note. Another intriguing battle is on the cards when Maratha Yoddhas take on North East Tigers. The last match up this weekend will also decide the other semi-finalists from Group B.
Five teams are still in contention for the four semi-final spots of Super Boxing League. UP Terminators from Group A have already been knocked out with defeats in all their three matches. In Group B, Mumbai Assassins and Bahubali Boxers are also out of contention as they have lost their first two games.
The first fight night of the weekend will see OPM Punjab Sultans take on the Delhi Gladiators in Group A’s last encounter. OPM Punjab Sultans started the tournament with a win against the UP Terminators but lost to the  OPM Assassins Bahubali Boxers Punjab Haryana Warriors, which places them on the third spot in Group A with three points. However, a win against the Delhi Gladiators on Friday will put them on a par on points with Haryana Warriors and Gladiators. It will be an interesting match as a win for either team would see them through to the semi-final as the points difference will come into play.



Group A match will see some exciting line-ups as OPM Punjab Sultans’ skipper Amandeep Singh will take on Delhi Gladiators’ Rakesh Lohchab in Feather Weight category in the opening fight of the night while Gladiators’ captain Pawan Maan will fight against Sultans’ Sagar Narwat in the Middle Weight category. Gladiators’ impressive Shivani Dahiya will look to Knock Out Sultans’ Saroj Bugalia in the Super Fly category.
The second fight night of the weekend will be between strugglers Mumbai Assassins and Bahubali Boxers in Group B on Saturday. It will be a face-off between the captains of the two teams as Assassins’ skipper Ram Singh will make a comeback into the league when he takes on Boxers captain’ Kuldeep Singh in the Heavy Weight category.
Sunday night will see Group B joint-leaders Maratha Yoddhas and North East Tigers face off in match which will determine who tops the Group. Super Boxing League’s star boxer, Tigers captain Asha Roka will aim to keep her undefeated run intact as she takes on Yoddhas’ Luxmi in the Super Fly category. Yoddhas’ skipper Deepak Tanwar will also be in action as he takes on Tigers’ Naoba Meitei in the Middle Weight category.
The fights in Super Boxing League will be held over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will be telecast live on SONY ESPN and SONY ESPN HD from 7 pm to 9.30 pm. The fights will also be live streamed on SPN’s digital platform SONY LIV.
The Super Fight Nights are being promoted by the Indian-origin British businessman Bill Dosanjh and Oympic champion boxer Amir Khan.