Indian Elite Men Team
SACHIN SIWACH, 49 kgs
Date of Birth:6-12-1999
Place of Birth: Miththal village, Bhiwani
Present Residence: Bhiwani
Debut: At the age of 10
Club: Captain Hawa Singh Academy
Coach: Sanjay Sheoran
When Krishan Siwach took his 10-year-old son Sachin to a boxing academy in Bhiwani, in 2009, coach Sanjay Sheoran, son of Captain Hawa Singh, who ran the Captain Hawa Singh Academy, refused to enrol him “because he was undernourished”. Seven years later, the light flyweight boxer, became only the third Indian and the first in six years— to win a gold medal at the Youth Boxing World Championships, held at St Petersburg, Russia.
Sachin’s father Krishan, who is the brother of Olympian boxer Vijender, was determined to make his son a boxer and on his continuous insistence, Sheoran finally agreed to enrol Sachin in his boxing academy.
After his enrolment, Krishan’s main concern was how he was going to afford a healthy diet the coach had prescribed.The wheat the family produced at Mitathal village, was just enough to make both ends meet.
As luck would have it, Krishan found a stray cow that had wandered into the village. He got the cow tested by a vet and the rest is history.
While there are proper boxing rings, gym and other such facilities in other academies, Sheoran’s academy is just a small piece of dusty, pebble-laden land with dry, wild grass.
Since there aren’t many kids training at Sheoran’s academy, he got the chance to focus on Sachin’s training entirely.
But Sachin’s father Krishan, whose brother Vijender is a boxer, was insistent and
At 5’8, Siwach is easily amongst the tallest boxers in 50-kg category with a remarkable reach advantage.
He beat junior world champion Cosmin Girleanu of Romania in the pre-quarters and Cuba’s Jose Grinan in the final using “the stick and move‘ tactic.
Today Sachin is eyeing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and believes he has a chance to pick an Olympic medal.
2017Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas; gold
2017: Asian YouthBoxingChampionship at Bangkok silver
2016: YouthBoxingWorld Championships, held at St Petersburg, Russia Gold
2015: Won Bronze in AIBA JuniorBoxingWorld Championship in Saint Petersburg, Russia in Sep.
2014: Federation CupBoxingtournament, wins gold
2010: Haryana State championships, wins gold
2011: JuniorNationals, lost in the quarterfinals
AMIT KUMAR PANGHAL (46-49)
Date Of Birth: 16-10-1995
Place of Birth: Rohtak, Haryana
Coach: Anil Dhankar
Intro: Amit Kumar is among the most talented of young turks who have taken Indian boxing by storm. A rich haul in 2017 including a bronze at the Asian Championships, the World Championships in Hamburg, Germany where he fell narrowly in the quarterfinals to Olympic champ Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan and then gold at the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem Boxing tournament in Czechoslovakia, he has come a long way.
The year 2018 saw him come up with successive gold medals at the Indian Open International tournament first in January, followed by the triumph in Bulgaria where he won the final at the 69th Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria.
The new committee of the Boxing Federation of India has brought in a sea change with the help of the government and after being in limbo for few years, have ensured boxers across age-groups, both male and female, to international exposure tournaments with regular frequency which has led to unearthing not just new promising talent but Asian and World champions as well, Amit Kumar Panghal being one of them.
2018: 69th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament, Bulgaria: gold
2018: Indian Open International Boxing Championships, New Delhi: gold
2017: Grand Prix Usti nad Labem (Usti nad Labem, CZE): gold
2017: ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships (Tashkent, UZB: bronze
2017: Strandja Memorial Tournament (Sofia, BUL): bronze
2016: National Championships: gold
2012: Indian Youth National Championships: 5th
2011: Indian Junior National Championships: silver
2010: Indian Junior National Championships: silver
2009: Indian Sub-Junior National Championships: gold
Gaurav Solanki (52Kgs)
Date of Birth: 21-1-1997
Place of Birth: Ballabgarh, Haryana
Coach: S.R Singh, Santiagho Neiva (High Performance coach)
Twentyone-year-old Gaurav Solanki is another young athlete who has taken Indian boxing by storm. He had an outstanding 2014 and 2015 with victories at international tournaments but somehow lacked power in his punches to overpower stronger European boxers with conviction. However, under the watchful eyes of his coaches, dedication and hard work, the Haryana lad has improved in leaps and bounds before making it to the elite athletes’ level.
Today, he is a more wholesome boxer with all-round skills, endurance, strong mental strength, power and speed. He claimed a silver at the Commonwealth Youth Games. His biggest triumph thus far is beating his own countryman and India’s representative at the 2017 Hamburg AIBA World Boxing Championships boxer Kavinder Singh Bisht at the National Trials to make it to the Commonwealth Games squad. top performance as youth boxer in 2014 and in 2015 but he needed a short time to reach the physical level of the elite athletes. The 20-year-old flyweight (52kg) boxer, who claimed silver in the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2015, was enough strong to beat Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor Kavinder Singh Bisht in the final of the National Trials.
2009: 25th Sub-junior National Boxing Championships, Maharashtra: gold
2011: 27th Sub-Junior National (men) championships, Shillong, Meghalaya: gold
2012: 28th Sub-Junior National (men) Akola, Maharashtra: silver
2012: Participated in training-cum-competition, Yangiabad, Uzbekistan
2013: 1st Nalanda Cup All India Sub-Junior Cadet (men), Haryana: gold
2018: 69th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament, Bulgaria: silver
2018: Indian Open International Boxing Tournament: bronze
GAURAV BIDHURI 56 Kgs
Date of Birth: 16-5-1993
Place of Birth: Delhi
Present Residence: Delhi
Debut: Made his debut in 2006
Coach: Dharmendra (father) and national coach Santiago Nieva
Gaurav Bidhuri’s father, Dharmendra Bidhuri, a former national boxing champion, harboured big dreams he wanted to earn a gold medal at the World Championships and the Olympics. An early marriage, however, saw him bow out of the sport, but now, Gaurav hopes to keep his dream alive.
Gaurav caught the fancy of most at the World Championships held at Hamburg in Germany. He began training in 2005, under the tutelage of his father. Born in Madanpur Khadar Village in New Delhi, he started training at the BidhuriBoxingClub at the age of ten.
When Dharmendra Bidhuri took part in his first nationals in 1988, he was vehement on making it to the Olympics. 29 years later, his son is now the fourth Indian to have a medal to his credit in the world boxing championships.
Gaurav entered the Championships through a wild-card entry in the 56-kg category in July 2017, when Bhutan was denied a slot at the tournament. He became the eighth Indian to qualify for the Championships this year (2017), but lost his chance at a direct entry to the world showpiece, when he lost to Japan’s Ryomkei Tanaka in the box-offs during the Asian Championships in Tashkent.
A boxer of international class, Gaurav was ranked 7 in the world boxing series in 2015 and represented India in camps held in Serbia, Bulgaria, Cuba, and Kazakhstan. In 2013, he secured silver in the World Championship trials and was selected by the Italian NationalBoxingteam for the 2014-15 World Series of boxing.
2017: Grand Prix Usti nad Labem (Usti nad Labem, CZE) gold 56KG
2017-Indian National Selection Tournament: gold
2015/16 participated in several WorldBoxingSeries tournaments
2014: Indian National Trials gold in the 52 kg category
2012: Indian National Championships silver medallist in 52 kg category
2011: President’s Cup (Jakarta, INA) bronze
2011: Indian Youth National Championships gold in 49KG
2010: Indian Youth National Championships bronze
2009: Indian Junior National Championships gold in 48 kg.
MD HUSSAMUDDIN (56Kgs)
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth: Nizamabad, north Telangana
Present Residence: Secundrabad
Debut: 2009 Junior Nat. Aurangabad
Coach: father MD Shamsuddin
Mohammad Hussamuddin hails from a family of boxers and is the youngest of six brothers, four of who are seriously entrenched in the sport.
Hussamuddin, whose role model is Vasyl Lomachenko, the WBO super featherweight champion since 2016, was afraid to don the gloves until his father and coach, Mohammad Shamsuddin, got rid of that fear and taught him the art at the Collectorate grounds in Nizamabad, north Telangana.
He went on to outshine his siblings and established himself in state-level competitions before moving on to the national scene, making his debut in the 2009 juniorNationalsat Aurangabad, Maharashtra, claiming bronze.
He then picked a silver in the January 2010 Panchayat Yuva Krida Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA)Nationals in Punjab, conducted by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs.
Silvers in the May 2011 YouthNationalsat Kakinada and the following year’s edition of the same competition at Patiala, Punjab. Turned to gold in his debut at the senior nationals at Guwahati in December last year.
Hussamudding then got himself enrolled at 1 EME Centre, outside Secunderabad, and trained under coach Narender Rana at the Army Sports Institute in Pune, and subsequently from Kuttappa, who fine-tuned his skills, in blocking punches.
The boxer’s potential was spotted early and in 2011, he was sent to a fortnight-long stint of training and competition to Havana, Cuba before participating in the October 2012 Tammer Cup in Finland and later in the Youth World Championship in Yerevan, Armenia.
His barren run in international outings ended with bronze at the 2015 Military World Games
2009: JuniorNationalsbronze winner
2010: NationalsPunjab, picked silver
2011YouthNationalsat Kakinada, silver medal
2012Tammer Cup in Finland
2012Youth World championship in Yerevan, Armenia
2014: China Open in Guiyang
2015Military World Games in South Korea; bronze medal
2016: Sr.Nationals, Guwahati: wins gold
68th Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.won silver
Date Of Birth : 5-3-1996
Place of Birth : Bhiwani, Haryana
Coach : S.R. Singh
Manish Kaushik, at 23, is among one of India’s most talented and promising boxer who has come from the stables of SAI, Bhiwani.
A farmer’s son whose only trade was working in the fields with his father who is a farmer, was inspired by Haryana’s boxing heroes, Vijender Singh especially, Jitender Singh and Dinesh Kumar.Manish saw the accolades Vijender received on his return from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and decided he too would want to be like the now famous Indian star turned pro boxer. He took to boxing the same year and dreams of emulating Vijender’s achievement at the Olympics.
Manish came into the limelight at an early age of 18. He had already won enough national and international accolades before his crowning glory came at the 2017 Senior National championships when he conquered boxing celebrity and star, Shiva Thapa, the defending champion. Manish went on to prove that his victory over Shiva, who had moved from the 56kg category to 60kg, was no fluke and beat him again at the Indian Open International tournament in the Capital in January, 2018
2011: Quarterfinals of AIBA World Junior Championships, Astana, Kazakhstan
2011: Haider Aliyev Cup, Turkey: silver
2015: Senior Nationals Boxing Championships: silver
2015: President’s Cup Boxing Championships, Indonesia: bronze
2015: Doha Cup International Boxing Championships: gold
2016: Sr. National Boxing Championships, Guwahati: silver
2017: Sr. National Boxing Championships, Vishakapatnam: gold
2017: Galym Zharylgapov Boxing Tournament,in Karaganda, Kazakhstan: silver
2018: India Open Boxing Championships, New Delhi: gold
SHIVA THAPA 60kgs
Date of birth:8 December 1993
Place of birth: Guwahati, Assam
Present residence: Pune
Club: Army Sports Institute Pune.
Shiva was the youngest Assamese to qualify for the London Olympics 2012. He clinched a gold medal at Asian MenBoxingQualifying Tournament, beating Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu, a 2009 Asian championship bronze medalist, 31:17 in the semifinals held on 12 April 2012 at Astana, Kazakhstan. In the quarterfinals, Thapa defeated Worapoj Petchkoon of Thailand, Athens Olympic Silver Medalist and 2010 Asian Games, winner.
Shiva Thapa’s father Padam Thapa, by profession, is a small-scale businessman, who owns small a steel furniture shop in Guwahati. His mother Goma Thapa is a housewife. Shiva Thapa is the youngest in his family. His brother is a silver medalist boxer at the 33rd Guwahati National Games. He has 4 sisters.
2015 ASBC Asian ConfederationBoxingChampionships (Bangkok, THA) bronze
2015 Doha International Tournament (Doha, QAT) gold 56KG
2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, SCO) 9th place 56KG
2014 World Series ofBoxingSeason 2013/2014 6th Round 56KG
2013 AIBA World Championships (Almaty, KAZ) 5th place 56KG
2013 ASBC Asian Continental Championships (Amman, JOR) gold 56KG
2013 Korotkov Memorial Tournament (Khabarovsk, RUS) bronze
2012 London 2012 Olympic Games (London, GBR) participant 56KG
2012 Republic of Kazakhstan President’s Cup (Almaty, KAZ) 6th place 56KG
2012 AIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament (Astana, KAZ) gold 56KG
2012 Grand Prix Usti nad Labem (Usti nad Labem, CZE) silver 56KG
2011 Indian National Championships gold 56KG
2011 ASBC Asian Continental Championships (Incheon, KOR) participant 56KG
2011 Giraldo Cordova Cardin Tournament (Havana, CUB) 6th place 56KG
2011 Beogradski Pobednik Tournament (Belgrade, SRB) gold 56KG
2011 Indian National Games silver 56KG
2010 Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore, SIN) silver 54KG
2010 AIBA Youth World Championships (Baku, AZE) silver 54KG
2010 ASBC Asian Youth Continental Championships (Tehran, IRN) 7th place 54KG
2009 AIBA Junior World Championships (Yerevan, ARM) bronze 52KG
2009 Indian Junior National Championships gold 52KG
2008 Indian Junior National Championships gold 54KG
2008 Children of Asia Games (Yakutsk, RUS) bronze 50KG
2008 Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup (Baku, AZE) gold 50KG
MANOJ KUMAR ( 69 Kgs)
Date of Birth : 12-10-1986
Place of Birth : Rajound
Coach : Gurban Singh Sandhu
Club : RSPB
Residence : Chandigarh
Manoj Kumar is a veteran Indian boxer who kicked off his career in as early as 2004. In his early 30s, Manoj is already considered a decorated boxer with loads of international boxing under his belt.
He is tough as nails, can take punishment and give in good measure. He is strong mentally and physically and packs whopping punch. His most recent victory was at the Doha, Qatar Open International Boxing tournament where he won gold, battling some renowned world class boxers.
Manoj who works for the Indian Railways, has participated in three AIBA World Boxing Championships, including the 2013 edition where lost in the quarterfinals, is a London 201 Olympian and 2014 Asian Games Indian representative too.
2018: Indian Open International Boxing Championships: bronze
2017: Grand Prix Usti nad Labem (Usti nad Labem, CZE): gold
2017: World Series of Boxing Season: Semi-finals 2nd Leg
2017: ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships (Tashkent, UZB): 5th
2017: Thailand International Invitational Tournament (Bangkok, THA): 6th
2017: Strandja Memorial Tournament (Sofia, BUL): 7th
2016: Indian National Championships: gold
2015: ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships (Bangkok, THA) 6th place
2015: Doha International Tournament (Doha, QAT): gold
2014: Incheon 2014 Asian Games (Incheon, KOR) participant
2014: Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, SCO) 7th place
2014: Bocskai Memorial Tournament (Debrecen, HUN): silver
2013: AIBA World Championships (Almaty, KAZ): 6th place
2013: ASBC Asian Continental Championships (Amman, JOR): bronze
2013: Limassol International Cup (Limassol, CYP): silver
2012: London 2012 Olympic Games (London, GBR): participant
2012: Republic of Kazakhstan President’s Cup (Almaty, KAZ): 7th place
2012: Grand Prix Usti nad Labem (Usti nad Labem, CZE): 5th place
2011: AIBA World Championships (Baku, AZE): 7th place
2011: Giraldo Cordova Cardin Tournament (Havana, CUB): 7th place
2011: Beogradski Pobednik Tournament (Belgrade, SRB): 5th place
2010 – Commonwealth Games (New Delhi, IND) : gold
2010: Indian National Championships: bronze
2009: Indian National Championships: bronze
2009: AIBA World Championships (Milan, ITA): participant
2009: Grand Prix Usti nad Labem (Usti nad Labem, CZE): bronze
2009: Chemistry Cup (Halle, GER): 7th place
2008: Indian National Championships: gold
2008: 2nd Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament (Astana, KAZ): bronze<
2008: 1st Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament (Bangkok, THA): participant
2007: Asian Continental Championships (Ulanbaatar, MGL): bronze
2006: Asian Games (Doha, QAT): 7th place
VIKAS KRISHNAN 75 KG
Date of Birth:10-2-1992,
Place of Birth: Singhwa Khas village in Hissar
Present Residence: Haryana, where he is a Police officer
Debut: Made his National debut in 2009
Coach: SR Singh
Vikas Krishan Yadav made his mark when he won a gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games in the Lightweight category. He also won has the prestigious Arjuna award, India’s second highest sporting award.
Vikas was born in Singhwa Khas village and migrated to the city where he joined the BhiwaniBoxingClub. Later, he received training in the Army Sports Institute at Pune. Yadav’s professional debut was in 2010 at the Asian YouthBoxingChampionships where he won a gold medal. The same year, he won another gold in the 2010 Youth World AmateurBoxingChampionships at Baku in the Lightweight category, defeating Evaldas Petrauskas of Lithuania and later in August, won a bronze medal in the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics at Singapore in Lightweight category.
In November that year, he won another gold in the 2010 Asian Games in the Lightweight category, making it his third consecutive gold medal of the year. At the 2012 Olympics Vikas lost out to Errol Spence by two points.
Vikas believed (he still does) he won his opening bout at the London Olympics against USA’s Errol Spence. Five hours after having been declared the winner of the bout with a result of 13:11, the result was overturned.
The Bhiwani boy, 20 years old then, was so distraught, that he quit the sport for a year and a half.
Returned to boxing and at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Vikas won bronze.
2015 ASBC Asian ConfederationBoxingChampionships (Bangkok, THA) silver
2015 Doha International Tournament (Doha, QAT) bronze
2014 Incheon 2014 Asian Games (Incheon, KOR) bronze
2014 Indian National Trials gold 75KG
2012 London 2012 Olympic Games (London, GBR)
2012 Grand Prix Usti nad Labem (Usti nad Labem, CZE) bronze
2011 Olympic Test Event (London, ENG) silver
2011 AIBA World Championships (Baku, AZE) bronze
2011 Indian National Trials gold, 69kg
2010 Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games (Guangzhou, CHN) gold
2010 Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore, SIN) bronze
2010 Indian National Championships gold, 60KG
2010 Haryana State Championships (Haryana, IND) gold 60KG
2010 AIBA Youth World Championships (Baku, AZE) gold 60KG
2010 Asian Youth Championships (Tehran, IRN) gold 60KG
2008 Children of Asia Games (Yakutsk, RUS) gold 54KG
2007 AIBA Cadet World Championships (Baku, AZE) gold 48KG
NAMAN TANWAR: (91 kgs)
Date of Birth: 25-9-1998
Place of Birth: Bhiwani, Haryana
Coach: Vishnu Bhagwan
Club: Victoria Boxing Academy
World youth bronze-medallist Naman Tanwar upstaged Asian silver-medallist Sumit Sangwan in the heavyweight (91kg) category trials to seal his berth for the Commonwealth Games India’s boxing squad to be played at the Gold Coast. Tanwar, who took to boxing for weight management, got the better of his decorated rival in the trial held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi a month back.
Both, Tanwar and Olympian Sangwan had claimed bronze medals at the India Open International Boxing Championship in January. The 20-year-old Tanwar had claimed a gold medal and the Best Boxer award also at the Galym Zharylgapov Tournament in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, last December.
Tanwar comes from a humble family background and has a brother and sister. His father is a retired Army man and is believed to once be part of the President’s bodyguard regiment.
The young lad’s dream of donning the India blazer drove him to work hard on his training and today, in a short span of a little of over a couple of years, emerged as one of India’s finest boxer and Olympic medal prospect.
Naman’s idols are India’s former star, Akhil Kumar and Cuba’s Olympics light-heavyweight champion Julio César La Cruz. This young Indian pugilist has style, power in his punches, a good mix of defence and attack, speed, agility and guile. He can be deceptive and his mental strength is remarkable.
2018: Beat Sumit Sangwan to make the Indian squad during the CWG Trials in New Delhi
2018: Indian Open International Boxing Tournament: Bronze
2017: Galym Zharylgapov Boxing Tournament in Karaganda, Kazakhstan: Gold
2017: Elite Nationals, Vishakapatnam: Gold
2016: AIBA World Youth Boxing Championships, St. Petersburg, Russia: Bronze
Satish Kumar (+91 Kgs)
Date Of Birth : 04-05-1989
Place of Birth:
Coach : Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu
Coached by Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu at the SSCB boxing club, Kumar reached the quarter-finals of the 2013 AIBA World Championships. The 26-year-old hails from Bulandshahar city in Uttar Pradesh, where his father is a farmer, and his elder brother works in the Army. Kumar also joined the Army in 2008, and began boxing a year later.
2018: India Open, New Delhi: silver
2017: Grand Prix Usti nad Labem (Usti nad Labem, CZE): gold
2017: ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships (Tashkent, UZB): 5th
2016: AIBA Asian & Oceanian Olympic Qualification Event (Qian’an, CHN) participant
2015: Olympic Test Event (Rio de Janeiro, BRA): bronze
2015: AIBA World Boxing Championships (Doha, QAT): participant
2015: ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships (Bangkok, THA): bronze
Incheon 2014 Asian Games (Incheon, KOR): bronze
2014: Indian National Trials: gold
2013: AIBA World Boxing Championships (Almaty, KAZ): 6th place
ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships (Amman, JOR): 5th
2013: Korotkov Memorial Tournament (Khabarovsk, RUS): bronze
2012: Indian National Championships: gold
2011: Indian National Championships: silver