BFI: Rise In The Latest World Ranking of Boxers Is Giving A Boost To Indian Boxers
Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and International Boxing Association (AIBA) release the latest global rankings of Indian boxers to boost morale ahead of recovery of the national camp, in the middle of the lockdown COVID-19 outbreak worldwide.
Up to 12 Indian boxers of different weight categories made it the top 10 of the latest rankings published by the International Boxing Association. Among them:
- Premier – Amit Panghal in 52kg, who continues to lead the peloton.
- Second – Manju Rani in 48 kg who is a first silver medalist at the Women’s World Championships
- Third – Six times world champion Mary Kom in 51 kg
Kavinder Singh Bisht (4th, 56kg), Deepak (49kg, 6th), and Manish Kaushik (64kg, 6th) are the other Indian men who have found a place in the Top-10.
While Sonia Chahal in (57kg, 4th), Jamuna Boro (54kg, 5th), Simranjit Kaur (64kg, 6th), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg, 3rd), Pooja Rani (81kg, 8th), and Seema Poonia (+ 81kg, 6th) are the other Indian women, pugilists ranked among the Top-10.
“I’ve always wanted to see Indian boxers at the top, and it gives me immense satisfaction to see the road map unfold. While these glories of winning medals and leading the leaderboard are no doubt special, we remain steadfast in our mission to win Olympic medals for India”, said Ajay Singh (BFI President).
Consistency has been the key to this Indian addiction success, which has been proven repeatedly in different international and privileged level tournaments where Indians have conquered. A revived and streamlined scheme with focused international exhibitions and an experience fighting top boxers with high profile and competitive national tournaments gave Indian boxing the desired boost.
However, the news couldn’t come at a better time when the boxers trained themselves at home for three months due to the pandemic.