|2019 AIBA World Boxing Championship||Bronze|
|2018 Commonwealth Games||Silver|
Manish Kaushik is an Indian pugilist born on 11th January 1996. He hails from Devsar village of Haryana’s Bhiwani district.
Manish Kaushik was born to Somdutt Sharma and his wife. Manish comes from a humble family of farmers. Boxing was his passion. He looks up to Olympics Bronze-medalist Vijendra Singh. Manish comes from a state that has produced some established boxers including Vijendra Singh, Kavita Chahal, and Jitendra Kumar.
Manish took up an interest in boxing after he watched his idol Vijendra Singh winning the Bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Manish’s father initially refused him to try boxing as he wanted him to concentrate on his studies, but eventually encouraged him to try the sport after he saw his passion for it.
Kaushik would shuffle between his boxing and studies. He used to begin his day at 4 am so that he could balance his studies and boxing. Manish is a graduate of the Government College of Education in Bhiwani. He keeps himself busy during his free time as well by helping his parents on the field, growing crops and wheat.
Manish serves in the Indian Army as Joint Commissioned Officer.
Rise to Glory
Manish Kaushik’s boxing career took off after he won medals at the state-level competitions. After joining the Indian Army, he began boxing for the Service camp. His boxing talent was spotted by the senior coach of Service camp Narender Rana and took him under his wings.
Prior to joining the Indian Army, Manish was a successful junior national-level boxer. He was a sub-junior national champion. Manish won his first senior national-level medal by winning Silver at the 2015 Senior Nationals Boxing Championships. Later in that year, he won his 1st international Gold medal at the Doha Cup International Boxing Championships and a Bronze medal at the President’s Cup Boxing Championships held in Indonesia.
In 2017, Manish became National Champion for the first time at the Senior Nationals Boxing Championships in Visakhapatnam, defeating Shiva Thapa in the final. In that same year, he won a Silver medal at Kazakhstan International Boxing Tournament.
In the following year, he won Gold at the Men’s National Boxing Championships held in Pune. Later in 2018, he won a Gold at the India Open Boxing Championships held in New Delhi.
Manish Kaushik made his international debut in a multi-sports event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held at Gold Coast in Australia. He competed in the lightweight event and won a Silver medal after losing to Harry Garside of Australia by 2-3.
In 2019, Manish won a Bronze medal in the lightweight event at the AIBA World Boxing Championships held in Russia. He will be representing India at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. He secured the Olympics berth at the 2020 Asian Qualifiers, where he avenged his Commonwealth Games defeat to Harry Garside, in a 63 kg Box-off.