Satish Kumar, Saweeta in top 3, Vikas Krishan Yadav top 5 in world boxing rankings
India’s ace boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav, who got the better of Hungary’s Zoltan Harcsa in the opening round of the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championship, is ranked number four in the middleweight category (75 kg) as per the latest world rankings released by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA).
Yadav had only recently taken full charge of the middleweight category after star pugilist Vijender Singh turned pro earlier this year. Vikas was the last Indian to win a medal (a bronze) at the AIBA World Boxing Championship. Uttar Pradesh’s Satish Kumar, who is employed with Army, has the highest ranking of three in the super heavyweight category (+91 kg)).
Laishram Devendro Singh, who lost in the opening round of the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championship in Doha, is ranked number seven in the light flyweight category (49 kg), while Shiva Thapa, who reached the second round of the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championship, is ranked number seven in the bantamweight category (56 kg).
Among the other Indians, Gautam Bhiduri is ranked 38th in the flyweight category (52 kg), Vikas Malik is ranked sixteenth in the lightweight category (60 kg), Manoj Kumar is ranked number fifteen in light welterweight category (64 kg), Sumit Sangwan is ranked fourteen in light heavyweight category (81 kg). Indian men boxers have no rankings in the welterweight category (69 kg) and heavyweight category (91 kg).
Among the Indian women boxers, 2014 AIBA World Boxing Championship silver medallist Saweety Boora has the highest ranking of number two in the light heavyweight category (81kg), while another silver medal winner of the 2014 AIBA World Boxing Championship, Sarjubala Devi is ranked number three in the light flyweight category (45-48 kg). MC Mary Kom is ranked number nine in the flyweight category (54 kg).
Pavitra is ranked number five in the light welterweight category (64 kg), Pooja Rani is ranked number thirty in the middleweight category (75 kg) and former world championship bronze medallist Kavita is ranked number five in the heavyweight category (81+ kg).
“Going by the rankings, the likes of Vikas, Shiva, Devendro, Mary Kom, Sarjubala Devi and Saweety Boora are definitely big prospects for India though many weight categories did not have Indian boxers among the ranking list,” said a former national level boxing coach.