Manoj Kumar (boxer)
|Real name||Manoj Kumar Kaltagediya|
|Rated at||Light Welterweight|
|Born||10 December 1986
Rajound, Kaithal, Haryana
|Competitor for India|
|Czech Grand Prix|
Manoj Kumar (born 10 December 1986) is an Indian boxer who won a gold medal in the light welterweight division at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He hails from the village of Rajound in the Kaithal district of Haryana. Kumar is currently supported by the Olympic Gold Quest.
Lost 4–5 to Brazilian Myke Carvalho in the first round of the World Championship in 2009, secured a bronze in the 2007 Asian Boxing Championship and a bronze medal in the 2009 Czech Grand Prix. Gold medal in 10th YMCA International Boxing Tournament in 2007. Gold medal in YMCA Boxing Tournament in 2004 and a silver medal in the YMCA Boxing Tournament, 2003.
Commonwealth Games 2010
- Won against D Lassayo (Sierra Leone)
- Won against G Gaasite (Botswana)
- Won against B Mathenge of Kenya in the quarters
- Won 3–1 against V Knowles of Bahamas in a low scoring semifinal
- Won 11–2 against Bradley Saunders of England in the final and became champion of the Commonwealth Games, New Delhi 2010.
2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships
Kumar reached the quarterfinals, losing 18–24 to Tom Stalker, at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Earlier in the competition, Kumar had defeated Valentino Knowles of Bahamas 17–11, Ray Moylette of Ireland 19–7 and Hu Qing of China 17–15. This last victory against Hu Qing had sealed his qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games.
London Olympics 2012
Manoj won the first round against Serdar Hudayberdiyev by a score of 13–7 and advanced to the last 16. But he lost his pre-quarterfinal bout against world number 1 Tom Stalker of Great Britain in a controversial manner. The final score read 20–16, the break-up being 7–4, 9–5, 4–7 in the favor of Stalker. The Indian boxer was at the wrong end of some dubious judging calls with the second round scoreline of 9–5 to Stalker coming under heavy criticism from neutral observers across the globe. Manoj cited "cheating" openly as the reason for his defeat before leaving the boxing arena.
- Sharma, Nitin (2010-09-01). "Manoj only new face in boxing". Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
- "Athletes". olympicquest.in. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- Sharma, Nitin (2010-10-09). "In first bout after a year, Manoj shows his class". Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
- Manoj Kumar's profile from the AIBA website http://126.96.36.199/biographies.fwx?id_athlete=627
- "Tom Stalker is ranked world number 1 at 64kg in the latest official AIBA World Rankings", http://www.abae.co.uk/aba/index.cfm/news/aiba-world-rankings/
- "Kumar's defeat came about as Stalker won the second round by 9–5 after a leading 7–4 score in the first bout. That the Briton was a better fighter is being questioned, with one of the ringside judges giving Kumar a score of 7–5." Article – Boxer Manoj Kumar Alleges Foul Play in Thomas Stalker Bout at Olympics http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/370423/20120805/manoj-kumar-thomas-stalker-boxing-london-olympics.htm
- Duggal, Saurabh (5 August 2012). "Heartache continues as Manoj cries foul". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2012-08-06.