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Commonwealth Games 2014: Meet the Indian boxing contingent

Jai Prakash
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 15 Jul 2014

Indian boxers will play a crucial role at the Commonwealth Games this year as the pugilists try to better theDelhi 2010 performance where they won seven medals (3 gold and 4 bronze). Let us look at the boxers who will be representing the nation at Glasgow,

L Devendro Singh

Devendro Singh

Devendro excelled at boxing right from a young age. His sister Sushila Devi is a former national boxing champion.

He qualified for the World Amateur boxing championships after victories over Nanao Singh and Amandeep Singh in the trials. However, he lost in the quarterfinals to South Korea’s Shin Jong-Hun.

At the 2012 London Olympics, he lost to Paddy Barnes 23-18 in the quarters. The Manipur lad won silver in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championship and a bronze at the FXTM International Limassol Boxing Cup.

In February 2014, Devendro won gold at the Bocskai Invitation Tournament in Hungary. He was the only gold medallist for India in the tournament

Event at Commonwealth Games:  49 Kg category.

Shiva Thapa

Shiva Thapa

Shiva won a bronze medal at the 2008 Children of Asia International Sports Games that was held in Moscow in 2008. He won gold at the Haider Aliyev Cup later that year.

The Assam lad was chosen to represent India in the 52-Kg category at the 2009 Junior World boxing Championships in Armenia. He won a bronze medal. Shiva won a silver medal at the second Youth World Amateur boxing Championships and qualified for the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.

He injured his fist during his semifinal bout at the Youth Olympics and returned home with a silver medal in the 54 Kg category after losing to a Cuban boxer in the finals.

Shiva defeated Wessam Salamana in the final of the 2012 Asian Olympic qualifiers to become the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. He lost in the first round to Oscar Valdez in the first round of the 56 Kg Bantamweight category.

Shiva became the youngest Indian to win gold at the Asian Confederation boxing Championship in Jordan. He lost in the quarterfinals at the 2013 World boxing championships in Kazakhstan.

Shiva has a contract with World Series Boxing and plays for USA Knockouts.

Event at Commonwealth Games:  52 Kg category

Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar hails from Haryana and has been a consistent performer for India at various international events.

Year

Games

Event

Medal

2007

Asian Championships

Light Welterweight

BRONZE

2009

Czech Grand Prix

Light Welterweight

BRONZE

2010

Delhi Commonwealth Games

Light Welterweight

GOLD

2013

Asian Championships

Light Welterweight

BRONZE

Manoj missed out on a medal at the 2012 London Olympics as he lost in the pre-quarterfinal against World No. 1 Tom Stalker in a controversial manner.

Event at Commonwealth Games:  64 Kg category

Mandeep Jangra

Mandeep Jangra

Mandeep won several medals at state and national level boxing championships. He came up trumps when he was tested outside the nation as well.

Year

Games

Event

Medal

2013

FXTM International Limassol Boxing Cup

Welterweight

BRONZE

2013

Asian Championships

Welterweight

BRONZE

Event at Commonwealth Games:  69 Kg category

Vijender Singh

Vijender Singh

Vijender practiced at the Bhiwani boxing club under Coach Jagdish Singh. He worked part time and tried his hand at modelling to financially support his coaching.

At the 2004 Athens Olympics, he lost to Mustafa Karagollu in the welterweight category. He bounced back strongly in major events after that initial hiccup.

Year

Games

Event

Medal

2006

Commonwealth Games

Welterweight

SILVER

2006

Doha Asian Games

Middleweight

BRONZE

2008

Beijing Olympics

Middleweight

BRONZE

2009

World Amateur Boxing Championships

Middleweight

BRONZE

2010

Guangzhou Asian Games

Middleweight

GOLD

At the 2012 London Olympics, he lost to Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals. He was ranked World No.1 by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) in the middleweight category in September 2009.

Event at Commonwealth Games:  75 Kg category

Sumit Sangwan

Sumit Sangwan

Sumit started his career when he was 11-years old. He had won medals at both the state and the national levels at the age of 16.

His first big breakthrough came at the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan when he won the gold medal. He qualified for the London Olympics ahead of Dinesh Kumar.

In 2013, he lost in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Championships. He represents USA Knockouts in the World Series of Boxing.

Event at Commonwealth Games: 81 Kg category.

Dinesh Kumar

Dinesh Kumar

Dinesh Kumar hails from Bhiwani in Haryana. He is coached by Jagdish Singh.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he lost in the first round to Algerian Abdelhafid Banchabla. He was also part of the boxing team that featured in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian games.

Event at Commonwealth Games: 91 Kg category.

Praveen More

Praveen will be competing in the +91 Kg category at Glasgow.

Pinki Jangra

Pinki Jangra

Pinki tasted first success at the 2nd Junior Women National boxing championship in 2006 by winning gold. The girl from Hisar won a gold medal at the Arafura games in Australia and a silver medal at the Asian Women boxing championships in Mongolia.

She is labelled as a giant killer after overcoming Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom in National boxing championship,2009 and 5-time Sian champion and World champion Sarita Devi in National games and National championship 2011.

Incidentally, she qualified for this year’s Commonwealth Games by beating Mary Kom in the qualifiers.

Event at Commonwealth Games: 51 Kg category.

Sarita Devi

Sarita Devi

Sarita is the elder sister of Devendro Singh. She has battled all odds to become a champion in her game.

Year

Games

Event

Medal

2001

Asian Women Boxing Championship

Lightweight

SILVER

2003

Asian Women Boxing Championship

Lightweight

GOLD

2005

Asian Women Boxing Championship

Lightweight

GOLD

2005

World Women Boxing Tournament

Lightweight

SILVER

2005

Venus International Women Boxing Championship

Lightweight

GOLD

2008

Asian Women Boxing Championship

Lightweight

GOLD

2010

Asian Women Boxing Championship

Lightweight

GOLD

Event at Commonwealth Games: 60 Kg category.

Pooja Rani

Pooja Rani

Pooja has excelled in boxing despite opposition from her father to take up the sport professionally.

Things started to improve in the family after she won silver at the National Youth Boxing Championship in 2009 in the 60 Kg category.

Year

Games

Event

Medal

2012

Asian Women Boxing Championship

Middleweight

SILVER

2012

Asian Women Boxing Championship

Middleweight

SILVER

Event at Commonwealth Games: 75 Kg category.

Published 15 Jul 2014
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