Manoj Kumar (boxer)
|Real name||Manoj Kumar Kaltagadiya|
|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.
Early life and Debut in boxing
Boxer Manoj Kumar born on 10 December 1986 in Rajound village, 30 km from Kaithal, Haryana. His father Mr. Sher Singh Ror-Maratha is retired soldier from Indian Army, While his mother is an house wife. Manoj Kumar initially started his career as an athlete, While his elder brother Mr. Rajesh Kumar Rajound was an emerging boxer at that time. When Rajesh Kumar Rajound Beat University champion and bring gold medal in University championship, He was expecting his selection in National team. But he was ignored, and then he decided to bring his younger brother into boxing and started to coach Manoj Kumar. Rajesh dreamed to make him an International Boxer. Rajesh also insist his younger brother Mukesh Kumar to change his game from Judo to Boxing, So that he can become a sparing partner of Manoj Kumar. Rajesh traveled 30 km on his bicycle along with Manoj and Mukesh from his village Rajound to Kaithal to coach them. In starting days Rajesh Kumar Rajound coach them with the help of old bicycle tubes.
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.
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. Manoj cited "cheating" openly as the reason for his defeat before leaving the boxing arena.
He was awarded Arjuna Award by Government of India in 2014. Initially he was ignored and didn't considered for Arjuna Award by selection committee headed by former Indian Cricket Team Captain Kapil Dev. But his coach Rajesh kumar Rajound file a case against the selection committee on 26 August 2014 in Delhi High Court. Rajesh claim that Manoj is most deserving sports person for Arjuna Award and selection committee ignored him. Delhi High Court accept his petition and after seeing all the facts directed to Govt. to honored Manoj Kumar from "Arjuna Award".
- Sharma, Nitin (2010-09-01). "Manoj only new face in boxing". Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
- "Athletes". olympicquest.in. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- Manoj Kumar's profile from the AIBA website
- Tom Stalker is ranked world number 1 at 64kg in the latest official AIBA World Rankings
- Boxer Manoj Kumar Alleges Foul Play in Thomas Stalker Bout at Olympics
- Duggal, Saurabh (5 August 2012). "Heartache continues as Manoj cries foul". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
- Papnai, Chaitan (26 November 2014). "Boxer Manoj Kumar finally receives Arjuna Award; lashes out at Kapil Dev". Zee News.