Priyanka Chopra may co-own franchise in Super Boxing League

New Delhi, July 5  (IANS) Indian actress  Priyanka Chopra, who famously played boxing champion MC Mary Kom in a  biopic, is likely to join the Super Boxing League (SBL) as the co-owner  of the North East franchise, informed sources have said.

"Talks  are at the final stage and we are very keen on having Priyanka on board.  She is one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood and her  association with boxing will help us create the much needed hype for  Super Boxing League. We will soon make an official announcement for the  same," a source from SBL told IANS.

SBL is marking the beginning  of its first season from Friday by bringing in Bollywood celebrities as  team co-owners for its franchises. Suniel Shetty along with Rana  Daggubati of "Baahubali" fame are the co-owners of Bahubali Boxers, the  team from South India.

Sushant Singh Rajput, for the very first  time, will be entering the sporting arena as the co-owner of the home  team, Delhi Gladiators.

Showing interest is also actress Sunny  Leone, who will be rooting for her team OPM Punjab Sultans. Singer  Kanika Kapoor will support her team UP terminators.

Actor  Randeep Hooda and Sohail Khan have also been announced as the co-owners  of Haryana Warriors and Mumbai Assassins respectively. Riteish Deshmukh  will be seen promoting his native team, the Maratha Yoddhas.

With Priyanka, SBL hopes to add more Bollywood glamour.

Bill  Dosanjh, CEO and Founder of SBL, said: "We are overwhelmed by the  response boxing has received from the Bollywood fraternity. It's no  secret that Bollywood draws inspiration from sports every now and then.

"The  stars joining us on this platform is an evidence of the immense  potential in boxing. I am delighted to welcome each and every one of  them to the SBL family. I am sure this combination of some of the  exciting boxers and celebrities will give fans enough moments to cheer  and enjoy the five weeks of action that Super Boxing League will bring  to the Indian audience."

The event will take place at the DDA  Badminton and Squash Stadium, Siri Fort Road, where the inaugural match  will be between Haryana Warriors and Delhi Gladiators.

Amir Khan, Chairman, SBL, said he is delighted to see the excitement within the bigwigs of Bollywood for boxing.