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The Great Boxers of India

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The Great Boxers of India

The Great Indian boxers who made Indian proud.

By Pratibha Yadav 14th Sep, 2015 06:18 pm

Mary Kom

 

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Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom is a five-time world amateur boxing champion and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each of the six world championships. Mary always had an interest in athletics; however, it was the success of Dingko Singh which inspired her towards boxing in 2000. She was the only woman boxer from India who qualified for the 2012 Olympics where she won the bronze medal. She is also the first Indian woman boxer to get a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Today, she is an inspiration to many aspiring boxers of India.

Achievements:

 2008: Silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women's Boxing Championship in India

2008: Won her fourth gold medal at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in China

2009: Gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam

2010: Gold medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan

2010: Won her fifth gold medal at AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in Barbados

2011: Gold medal at the Asian Women's Cup in China

2012: Gold medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in Mongolia

2012: Gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics

2014: Gold medal at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea

 

Vijendra Singh

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Vijendra Singh is one of the greatest boxers India has produced. Vijendra hails from Bhiwani district in Haryana. He made India proud by winning the bronze medal at the Asian Games, Doha in 2006. He was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution to Indian Sports in 2010.

India received its first ever Olympic medal for boxing when Vijendra defeated Carlos Góngora of Ecuador 9–4 in the quarterfinals and won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. He has been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – the highest sporting honour for an Indian player. On 29 June 2015, Vijendra signed a multi-year agreement with Queensberry Promotions through IOS Sports and Entertainment and is no longer eligible to represent India in the Olympics.

Achievements:

 2006: Bronze medal at Doha Asian Games  

2006: Silver medal at Melbourne Commonwealth Games

2008: Bronze medal at Beijing Olympics

2009: Bronze medal at World Amateur boxing Championships Milan

2010: Bronze medal at Delhi Commonwealth Games

2010: Gold medal at Guangzhou Asian games

2014: Silver medal at Glasgow Commonwealth Games

 

Dingko Singh

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Ngangom Dingko Singh is one of the talented and outstanding boxers India has ever produced. Singh was born in a poor family and had to face many difficulties while growing up. However, even the adversities of life could not stop him from becoming one of  India’s talented boxer.  He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1998 and the Padma Shri in 2013.

Achievements:

 1997: Won the King's Cup in Bangkok, Thailand

1998 : Gold medal at 1998 Asian Games

 

Hawa Singh

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Hawa Singh ruled the Indian and Asian amateur boxing ring for a decade. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1966 and the Dronacharya Award in 1999. He is well known for his Bhiwani Boxing Club which produced 4 of the 5 boxers who took part in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Achievements:

1966: Gold medal at the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand

1970: Gold medal at the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand

 

Laishram Sarita Devi

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Laishram Saita Devi from Manipur was hugely inspired by the achievements of Muhammad Ali and turned a professional boxer in 2000.

Achievements:

 Asian Championships

-2001: Silver Medal, Bangkok

-2003: Gold Medal, Hisar

-2005: Gold Medal, Kaohsiung City

-2008: Gold Medal, Guwahati

-2010: Gold Medal, Astana

Commomwealth Games

2014: Silver medal at Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

Asian Games

2014: Bronze medal at 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea

World Championships

-2005: Bronze medal, Podolsk

-2006: Gold medal, New Delhi

-2008: Bronze medal, Ningbo

 

Mohammad Ali Qamar

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The first Indian to win a gold medal in Boxing at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester, was Mohammad Ali Qamar from Kolkata.  He was introduced to boxing at a very early age by his father. Qamar’s boxing career hit a low due to an injury.

 

Suranjoy Mayengbam Singh

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Affectionately called the Little Tyson, Suranjoy is from Manipur, India. He is well known for his aggressive style in the ring. He has won many gold medals at state and national levels. He is the first Indian to be declared as the 'best boxer' of any Senior Men's Boxing Championships at the world level. 

Achievements:

2009: First Indian boxer to win the gold medal in the 51 kg Flyweight Category at the InterContinental President's Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan

2009: Gold medal at the Asian Boxing Championships in Zhuhai, China

2010: Gold medal at the Commonwealth Boxing Championships in New Delhi, India

 

Akhil Kumar

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Akhil Kumar has been awarded the Arjuna Award for his achievements in international boxing.

Achievements:

2001: Gold medal at the International Invitational Boxing Championship in Russia

2004: Bagged second place at the 1st AIBA Asian 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Guangzhou, PR China

Akhil has won the Best Boxer Award three times.

2006: Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia

2008: Bronze medal at the AIBA World Cup in Moscow, Russia

 

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