Indian Elite Men Team
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 talented young pugilists in the country who have taken Indian boxing by storm. He came into limelight with a rich haul in 2017 including a bronze at the Asian Championships and the World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Amit then followed it up with a gold medal at the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem Boxing tournament in Czechoslovakia, establishing himself as the rising star of the nation.
The 22-year-old continued his sublime form in 2018 which saw him come up with successive gold medals at the Indian Open International tournament in January, followed by the triumph in Bulgaria where he won the final at the 69th Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria. Cut to CWG in Aril, Amit picked up his first ever Commonwealth medal. He lost to Galal Yafai of England in the finals and won the silver in the process. The boxer’s upward journey continued and recently he won a bronze at the prestigious Chemistry Cup in Germany. One of the shortest and lightest of all male boxers, Panghal, given the way he has dealt with his opponents, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that the Turk is surely the best bet for a gold at the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta.
2018: Chemistry Cup, Halle: Bronze
2018: Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast: Silver
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, Santiago Neiva (High-Performance coach)
Intro: Coming from a humble village in Haryana, the twenty-one-year-old Gaurav Solanki has enjoyed an outstanding career ever since his foray. Solanki had a successful 2014 and 2015, winning the silver in the Commonwealth Youth Games but some how looked to be struggling against European boxers.
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 beat 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 and justified his selection by winning the gold in the 52kg category. Solanki purple patch continues as he won trail bout against top Irish boxers while the squad was in Ireland for exposure trip and stamped his supremacy in the 52 Kg while he won Gold at the recently concluded Chemistry Cup. There was no doubt in the minds of the selectors as Gaurav prepares for Jakarta as part of a star studded Indian Boxing contingent for the upcoming Asian Games.
2018: Chemistry Cup; Halle: Gold
2018: Commonwealth Games 2018; Gold Coast: gold
2018: 69th Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament; Bulgaria: silver
2018: Indian Open International Boxing Championship; New Delhi: bronze
2015: Commonwealth Youth Games 2015; Apia: Silver
2014: Asian Youth Championship; Bulgaria: g]old
2013: 1st Nalanda Cup All India Sub-Junior Cadet (men), Haryana: Gold
2012: 28th Sub-Junior National (men) Akola, Maharashtra: Silver
2012: Participated in training-cum-competition, Yangiabad, Uzbekistan
2011: 27th Sub-Junior National (men) championships, Shillong, Meghalaya: Gold
2009: 25th Sub-junior National Boxing Championships, Maharashtra: Gold
SACHIN SIWACH, 52 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.
2017: Commonwealth 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
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.
MOHAMMAD HUSSAMUDDIN (56Kgs)
Date of Birth: 12-04-1994
Place of Birth: Nizamabad, north Telangana
Present Residence: Secundrabad
Debut: 2009 Junior Nat. Aurangabad
Coach: father MD Shamsuddin
Intro: Hailing from a family of boxers, Mohammad Hussamuddin is the youngest of six brothers, four of whom 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. The 24-year-old 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 junior Nationals at Aurangabad, claiming bronze. He turned it into gold in his debut at the senior nationals.
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. Since then there has been no looking back and today he has evolved into one of the finest boxers in the country in his weight category. With a bronze in Commonwealth Games 2018 and gold in the Chemistry Cup, Hussamuddin will be brimming with confidence for the upcoming Asiad in Jakarta.
2018: Chemistry Cup; Halle: Gold
2018: Commonwealth Games 2018,Gold Coast: Bronze
2018: 69th Strandja Memorial Tournament; Bulgaria: Bronze
2018: India International Open Boxing Championship; New Delhi: Bronze
2017: 68th Strandja Memorial Tournament; Bulgaria: Silver
2016: Senior Nationals, Guwahati: Gold
2015: Military World Games in South Korea: Bronze
2011: Youth Nationals at Kakinada: Silver
2009: Junior Nationals: Bronze
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: 8-12-1993
Place of birth: Guwahati, Assam
Present residence: Pune
Club: Army Sports Institute Pune.
Intro: Intro: It has been an incredible rise for the Guwahati lad as he became the youngest Indian to qualify for an Olympics when he featured in the 2012 edition of the quadrillion event in London. Shiva was also the youngest boxer from India to win a Gold medal at the 2013 Asian Championships which were held in Amman, Jordan. Youngest amongst the six siblings, Shiva had boxing in his blood. His brother is a silver medalist boxer at the 33rd Guwahati National. Following the footsteps, Shiva has now scaled immense success and is one of the sought-after boxers in India. Thapa has continued his good work, garnering a podium finish in almost all the international
events he has participated in the recent time. With two bronze medals in 2018, one in India International Open one at the recently concluded Ulaanbaatar Cup, Thapa will be shouldering India’s medal hopes for the Asian Games later this year.
2018: Ulaanbaatar Cup 2018; Mongolia: Bronze
2018: India International Open boxing championship; New Delhi: Bronze
2017: Asian Boxing Championship; Tashkent: Silver
2016 – Indian National Championships; Guwahati: Gold
2016 – Southeast Asian Games; Shillong: Gold
2015 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships (Bangkok, THA):Bronze
2015 Doha International Tournament (Doha, QAT): Gold
2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, SCO): 9th place
2013 ASBC Asian Continental Championships (Amman, JOR): Gold
2013 Korotkov Memorial Tournament (Khabarovsk, RUS): Bronze
2012 London 2012 Olympic Games (London, GBR): Participant
2012 AIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament (Astana, KAZ): Gold
2012 Grand Prix Ustinad Labem (Ustinad Labem, CZE): Silver
2011 Indian National Championships: Gold
2011 BeogradskiPobednik Tournament (Belgrade, SRB): Gold
2011 Indian National Games: Silver
2010 Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore, SIN):Silver
2010 AIBA Youth World Championships (Baku, AZE): Silver
2009 AIBA Junior World Championships (Yerevan, ARM): Bronze
2009 Indian Junior National Championships: Gold
2008 Indian Junior National Championships: Gold
2008 Children of Asia Games (Yakutsk, RUS): Bronze
2008 Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup (Baku, AZE): Gold
Dheeraj (64 kg)
Date of Birth: November 2, 1994
Place of Birth: Bhaini Bhadon, Haryana
Intro: Renowned for his endurance and strength inside the ring, Dheeraj is amongst the talented young pugilist in the Indian fray. The 23year-old has taken great strides in his career, making his international debut in 2010. However, it hasn’t been an exactly smooth ride for the young boxer. His tryst with boxing started at a young age. Coming from a humble family background, sports has always excited him as a kid. He initially wanted to pursue cricket but was unable to, as his parents couldn’t afford the coaching uniform. Disappointed and looking for avenues to channelize his skillet, Dheeraj committed to boxing. Attracted by the glitz of cricket, it was eventually boxing that gave him respite. He again faced an obstacle in 2016 during the Olympic qualifiers, incurring a serious injury to his wrist. He was forced to take a sabbatical for almost a year but returned with a newfound zeal and charisma. He went on to win the gold in the National Championship in 2017 and continued his sublime form in the new year as well. The agile and power-packed boxer won the bronze in January 2018 at the India open and did an encore in the Chemistry Cup as well. A self-believer with umpteen willpower and endurance, Dheeraj is all ready to shoulder the Indian hopes at the Asian Games.
2018: Chemistry Cup; Halle, Germany: Bronze
2017: Sr. Men’s National Boxing Championship: Gold
2018: Indian Open International Boxing Championship; New Delhi: Bronze
2016: South Asian Games; Guwahati and Shillong: Gold
2016: AIBA World Olympic Qualification Tournament; Baku, Azerbaijan: Quarter Finals
2015: World Military games; Mungyeong, South Korea: Silver
2011: Youth World Boxing Championship; Kazakhstan: Quarter Finals
2010: Men’s Invitational Boxing Tournament; Turkey: Gold
MANOJ KUMAR ( 69 Kgs)
Date of Birth: 12-10-1986
Place of Birth: Rajound, Haryana
Coach : Gurban Singh Sandhu
Club : RSPB
Residence : Chandigarh
Intro: One of India’s veteran boxers in the circuit, Manoj Kumar kicked off his career as early as 2004. Now in his early 30s, Manoj is considered a decorated boxer with a plethora of international laurels under his belt. Blessed with a strong mentality and a robust physique, coupled with his massive experience is what makes Kumar so lethal in-ring. He competed in the World Championship in 2009, losing 4-5 to Brazilian Myke Carvalho in the first round. Two years later he picked up a bronze medal in the 2007 Asian Boxing Championship and another one in the 2009 Czech Grand Prix. 2007 proved even more fruitful for Manoj as he raked in gold medal at the YMCA International Boxing Tournament. He has previously won a Gold medal in YMCA Boxing Tournament in 2004 and a silver medal in the YMCA Boxing Tournament, 2003. Though he didn’t proceed beyond the quarter finals of the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, he managed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics
The 31-year-old Manoj is exuberance personified and is a two-time Commonwealth Games medallist. After winning the gold in the 2010 edition in Delhi, Manoj signed off from the latest edition of the Games with a bronze in the 69kg welterweight division. With a plethora of experience in his kitty, Manoj Kumar will be a spearhead in India’s boxing contingent for the Jakarta Asiad 2018.
2018: Indian Open International Boxing Championships: Bronze
2017: Grand Prix Usti nad Labem (Usti nad Labem, CZE): Gold
2016: Indian National Championships: Gold
2015: Doha International Tournament (Doha, QAT): Gold
2014: Bocskai Memorial Tournament (Debrecen, HUN): Silver
2013: ASBC Asian Continental Championships (Amman, JOR): Bronze
2013: Limassol International Cup (Limassol, CYP): Silver
2012: London 2012 Olympic Games (London, GBR): Participant
2010 – Commonwealth Games (New Delhi, IND): Gold
2010: Indian National Championships: Bronze
2009: Indian National Championships: Bronze
2009: Grand Prix Usti nad Labem (Usti nad Labem, CZE): Bronze
2008: Indian National Championships: Gold
2008: 2nd Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament (Astana, KAZ): Bronze
2007: Asian Continental Championships (Ulaanbaatar, MGL): Bronze
VIKAS KRISHNAN 75 KG
Date of Birth:10-2-1992,
Place of Birth: Singhwa Khas village, Hissar
Present Residence: Haryana
Debut: Made his National debut in 2009
Coach: SR Singh
Intro: Winner of the prestigious Arjuna award, Vikas Krishan Yadav was born in Singhwa Khas village and migrated to the city where he joined the Bhiwani Boxing Club. Later, he received training in the Army Sports Institute at Pune Vikas made his mark in the Indian boxing circuit when he won a gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games. It went on to become a defining year for the pugilist as he registered back to back gold medals in the Asian Youth Boxing Championships and the Youth World Amateur Boxing Championships. Cut to 2012, Vikas suffered a major setback that made him take a sabbatical from the sport for a year and a half. 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. He returned to boxing again at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon and commemorated it with a bronze medal win.
Considered to be one of the best for India, Vikas won a Gold medal and was judged the best boxer at the 69th Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria earlier this year. Now with the Asian Games around the corner, the star pugilist and CWG 2018 gold winner is confident that India will improve their medal haul and looks all prepped up to contribute to his country’s tally.
2018: Commonwealth Games 2018; Gold Coast: Gold
2018: 69th Strandja Memorial Tournament; Bulgaria: Gold
2017: Asian Boxing Championship; Tashkent: Bronze
2016: South Asian Games; Shillong: Gold
2015 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships (Bangkok, THA): Silver
2015 Doha International Tournament (Doha, QAT): Bronze
2014 Incheon 2014 Asian Games (Incheon, KOR): Bronze
2014 Indian National Trials: Gold
2012 London 2012 Olympic Games (London, GBR): Participated
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
2010 Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games (Guangzhou, CHN): Gold
2010 Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore, SIN): Bronze
2010 Indian National Championships: Gold
2010 Haryana State Championships (Haryana, IND): Gold
2010 AIBA Youth World Championships (Baku, AZE): Gold
2010 Asian Youth Championships (Tehran, IRN): Gold
2008 Children of Asia Games (Yakutsk, RUS): Gold
2007 AIBA Cadet World Championships (Baku, AZE): Gold
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