A huge multi-sport event, the 5th World Military Games start in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 16 with more than 100 nations expected to take part and soldiers competing in 24 different sports, including boxing.
The boxing tournament at the Games will be a giant event because the organizers are expecting 178 boxers from 39 nations the Oceanian Boxing Confederation is the only one that will not be sending any athletes. The competition venue will be Almirante Miliciades Portela Alves Instruction Center in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.
The best Brazilian boxers are members of the local army will therefore all be competing at the World Military Games in front of the home crowd. The local spectators will be able to see Juliao Neto, Robinelson Jesus Vieira, Robson Conceicao, Everton Lopes, Myke Carvalho and Pedro Lima in action.
In the light flyweight class China's AIBA World Championships bronze medalist Li Jiazhao and India's AIBA Youth World Champion Nanao Thokchom Singh are the top favourites, while Morocco's African Championships silver medalist Abdelali Deraa and North Korea's Sung Song Guk are the medal contenders in Rio de Janeiro.
India's Commonwealth Games winner Suranjoy Mayengbam Singh is the main flyweight favourite but he can expect tough competition from Asian Games bronze medalist Pak Jong Chol of North Korea, Panamerican Champion veteran Juliao Neto of Brazil, Italy's Alex Ferramosca, China's Gao Linzhi and German National Champion Marcel Schneider.
There are a lot of qualified boxers at the bantamweight class where Brazil's Beijing Olympian Robinelson Jesus Vieira, Indian National Champion Chhote Lal Yadav, EU Champion Hafid Bouji of German, Asian Games silver medalist Zhang Jiawei of China, Korean National Champion 22-year-old Lee Jin Young, Italy's Beijing Olympian Vittorio Parrinello and Colombia's Pan Am Games qualified Deivi Julio all have a chance of making the finals.
The host nation has a good chance of winning the lightweight division, with Beijing Olympian Robson Conceicao competing. China's strong Liu Qiang, Italy's WSB athlete Alessio Di Savino, Netherlands' veteran Husnu Kocabas, Tunisia's Beijing Olympian Alaeddin Shili and Kazakhstan's Berik Abdrakhmanov will all be trying to beat the local favourite.
Brazil's AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist and Panamerican Champion Everton Lopes is the main favourite of the light welterweight class but Kazakhstan's Merey Akshalov will be using his WSB experiences to aim for gold in Rio de Janeiro. Belarus's European Championships quarter-finalist 18-year-old Ivan Baranchik, Zambia's Precious Makina and Morocco's Beijing Olympian Driss Moussaid have a chance of beating the kings of the division.
The welterweight gold medal will likely go to Brazil's Panamerican Champion Myke Carvalho or Olympic Games medalist Alexis Vastine of France. India's Asian Games silver medalist 19-year-old Santosh Kumar Virothu, Germany's Alexander Miller, Morocco's Beijing Olympian Medhi Khalsi, Zambia's Youth Olympian Godfrey Mumba and Belarus' Yevgeniy Romashkevich are the other medal contenders in this division.
Brazil's powerful WSB boxer Pedro Lima is back on track and his target is the middleweight gold in Rio. Germany's Beijing Olympian Konstantin Buga, Netherlands' European Championships quarter-finalist Peter Mullenberg, Qatar's veteran Hzam Nabah, Tunisia's Hassan Chagtemi and Kazakhstan's strong Ali Nurmatov are Lima's main rivals.
France's AIBA World Championships bronze medalist Abdelkader Bouhenia has a good chance of beating the light welterweight athletes. Belarus's European Championships bronze medalist Nikolay Veselov, Germany's AIBA World Championships competitor Gottlieb Weiss, Tunisia's African Champion Yahya Mkacheri, Kenya's WSB athlete Joshua Ndere Makonjio and Italy's rising power Gianluca Rosciglione, will all looking to stop the French star.
Syria's Asian Games winner 22-year-old Mohammad Ghossoun has a good chance of being crowned in the heavyweight competition. India's Asian Games silver medalist Manpreet Singh, Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist 18-year-old Fabio Turchi of Italy and Germany's Stefan Koeber will have to fight hard to beat the Syrian spearhead.
Mohammad's elder brother Sumar Ghossoun is another great hope for Syria at the World Military Games but Kazakhstan's veteran Rustam Rygebayev and China's AIBA World Championships bronze medalist Yushan Nijiati could stop him. Multiple Algerian National Champion Kamel Rahmani and Brazil's Gidelson Oliveira have got chance to cause some surprises in the super heavyweight class.
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