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Pooja Rani


ABOUT
ABOUT

SportBoxing
Weight75 kg
StateHaryana
DivisionMiddleweight
Medal Record
2014 Asian GamesBronze
2019 Asian ChampionshipsGold
2015 Asian ChampionshipsBronze

Pooja Rani Bohra is an Indian woman boxer born on 17th February 1991. She hails from Nimriwali village of Haryana’s Bhiwani. Pooja Rani represents India in 75 kg at global tournaments.


Background


Pooja Rani got interested in boxing at a very young age. She comes from a state that has produced well-known names in boxing and wrestling. Pooja’s father was strict and didn’t want her daughter to pursue a career in boxing, instead want her to focus on academics.


Without her father’s permission, Pooja secretly enrolled at the Hawa Singh Boxing Academy to pursue her interest in boxing. Her father was abhorrent about boxing. Despite her father’s constant dislike for boxing, Pooja determined to continue her boxing ambitions. One day when her father learned about her boxing dreams, he debarred her from attending the practice. She was later allowed to pursue her dream to become a professional boxer after her coach persuaded her parents.


Pooja is currently working as Income Tax Inspector with Haryana Government.


Rise to Glory


Pooja Rani’s first career breakthrough came in 2009 when she won the Gold medal at the Youth Women State Boxing Championships. In that same year, she won a Silver medal at the 4th Youth Women National Boxing Championships held in Goa. This achievement helped her to break into the national level.


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In November 2009, Pooja won her first senior national Gold medal at the 4th Senior North Zone Boxing Championships held in Chandigarh. A few weeks later in the month, She won another Gold medal at the Federation Cup held in Uttarakhand. She defended her title in Nainital in the following year.


In 2010, She won a Bronze medal at the 11th Senior Women National Boxing Championship held in Thrissur, Kerala. In the following year, Pooja won the Gold medal at the 34th National Games that took place in Jamshedpur.


At the 13th Senior Women National Boxing Championship in 2012, Pooja won her 1st Gold medal of the tournament, which she clinched again in the following year. After advancing herself as a national-level boxer, Pooja continued to win medals at the state-level championship.


Pooja earned her 1st international medal at the Arafura Games held in Darwin, Australia by clinching a Silver medal, followed by a Bronze medal at the China Open Boxing held in Guiyang City. Both the tournaments were held in 2011.


Pooja Rani notched up her 1st International Gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games held in Shillong.


Major Achievements


Pooja Singh made her debut at the Asian Boxing Championships in 2012, wherein she won a Silver medal in the Middleweight category. At the 2015 Asia Boxing Championships, she won a Bronze medal.


Pooja won her first Asian Games medal by clinching the Bronze in 2014. She was one of the 5 Indian boxing medalists at the 2014 Asian Games. In 2019, Pooja shot to fame after she won a Gold at the Asian Boxing Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand.


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Pooja competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the AIBA World Boxing Championships (2012 and 2016) but did not win a medal in any of these tournaments. In 2016, she failed to secure her place in the Rio Olympics after being knocked out in the 2nd Round of the AIBA World Boxing Championships.


In March 2020, Pooja Rani became the 1st Indian athlete to book a ticket to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after she won the Asia Oceania Olympic Qualifiers quarterfinal round by defeating Pornippa Chutee of Thailand.


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