Boxing in India

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Boxing in India
Four men standing. Middle of them is a young Indian male who wears a shiny orange dressing gown with blue border. His hands are behind his head. The other three men are all dressed in black and appear to be waiting around the man.
Country India
Governing body Indian Boxing Federation
National team India

In India, the game of boxing does not command a significant fan following, which commentators often attribute to the lack of discernible international victories.[1][2] However, despite its limited success at large global championships, it is a regular medal-holder at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games,

Notable boxers and boxing victories[edit]

Mohammad Ali Qamar beca the first Indian to win a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Vijender Kumar won a bronze medal in the middleweight boxing category, while Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar qualified for the quarterfinals. Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar, A.L. Lakra, and Dinesh Kumar each won a bronze medal at the 2008 World Championship.[3]

Vijender Singh briefly reached World No.1 in the middle weight (75 kg) category class in 2009, when the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) list was updated after 2009 AIBA World Boxing Championships held in Milan, Where he won India's first medal in an AIBA-WBC.[4]

India's Mary Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.[5] She also became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal at the Asian Games during the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea.[6] In 2014, Priyanka Chopra played the main role as Mary Kom in an award winning biographical film about her life.[7]

Five Indian boxers, three female and two male, were among the world’s top three in AIBA latest world rankings (March 1, 2014) in their respective categories. The rankings were as follows:

March 1, 2014 AIBA Rankings[8]
Rank Name Weight Category Country
1 Josie Gabuco 45-48 Kgs - Women Phillipines
2 Pinki Jangra 45-48 Kgs - Women India
3 Shiqi Xu 45-48 Kgs - Women China
1 Cancan Ren 51 Kgs - Women China
2 Nicola Adams 51 Kgs - Women England
3 M C Mary Kom 51 Kgs - Women India
1 Yunfei Li 81+ Kgs - Women China
2 Lazzat Kungeibaevya 81+ Kgs - Women Kazakhstan
3 Kavita Chahal 81+ Kgs - Women India
1 Birzhan Zharypov 46-48 Kgs - Men Kazakhstan
2 David Ayrapetan 46-48 Kgs - Men Russia
3 L Devendro Singh 46-48 Kgs - Men India
1 Robeisy Ramirez Carranza 56 Kgs - Men Cuba
2 John Michael Conlan 56 Kgs - Men Ireland
3 Shiva Thapa 56 Kgs - Men India

In December, 2014, Boxing India declared its First Elite Men's Nationals in Nagpur which were held from January 9 to 15.[9]


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  3. ^ "2008 Summer Olympics Boxing Results - Beijing, China - ESPN". Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  4. ^ "Vijender becomes world number one - The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Magnificent Mary". I See India. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  6. ^ "MC Mary Kom delivers first boxing gold at Asian Games 2014". Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  7. ^ "MARY KOM | British Board of Film Classification". Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  8. ^ Marar, Nandakumar (March 6, 2014). "Five Indian boxers in AIBA top three". The Hindu (in en-IN). ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  9. ^ "Men's Boxing Nationals to be held from January 9". Timesofindia.