MC MARY KOM, 48Kg
Date of Birth: 03-01-1983
Place of Birth: Kangathei, Manipur,
Style: South Paw
Club: Manipur Police (Sports), Mary Kom SAI Boxing Academy
Coach: K. Kosana Meetei, Chhote Lal Yadav, Rafaele Bergamasco
Mary Kom is a legend of our times, not just in India but Asia and the amateur world of boxing. Despite being a mother of three children – Khupneivar Kom, Chungthanglen Kom and Rechungvar Kom – motherhood has not doused the fire within Mary Kom, as her passion for boxing and life in the roped square continues to burn bright as she seeks to conquer newer horizons, especially an Olympic gold. The Manipuri continues to inspire women in India from all walks of life for her role model conduct and unflinching dedication to family and boxing. Her achievements are innumerable, yet she leaves many aghast with her humility and simplicity and continues to pursue her boxing career with supreme focus and hard work in the gym and ring.
From being a school dropout to attaining her graduation to stardom, Mary Kom whose inspiration was the 1998 Asian Games gold medallist Dingko Singh, fought opposition from parents and the neighbourhood, and not only went on to represent her state of Assam but the country as well, while winning laurels the world over. She also became the only Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal (bronze) and six World Championships medals, including 5 gold and 1 silver. She is also the first Indian women boxer to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. Mary Kom is the first amateur Indian athlete to win the Padma Bhushan, the first amateur athlete to surpass several professional athletes in India in earnings, endorsements and awards. Mary Kom is a supporter of animal rights and associated with animal rights organization, PETA India.
2018: India Open Elite International Boxing Championships, New Delhi: gold
2017, Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: gold
2014, Asian Games, Incheon, South Korea: gold
2012, London Olympics: bronze
2012, Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, Mongolia: gold
2010, Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, Kazakhstan: gold
2010, World Boxing Championships, Barbados: gold
2010, Asian Games: Bronze
2009, Asian Indoor Games, Vietnam: gold
2008, Asian Women’s Boxing Championship, India: gold
2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 (China): World Boxing Championships: gold
2001, World Boxing Championship: silver
2000 to 2005: unbeaten in Sr. Women’s National Boxing Championships: 5 gold
2000: Best Boxer at Sr. Nationals
SARITA DEVI (60 kg)
Date of Birth: March 1982
Place of Birth: Thoubal Khunou, Manipur
Style: Orthodox Coach: Sagar Mal Dayal, G.S. Sandhu, Raffaele Bergamasco
Club: All India Police
Like Mary Kom, Sarita Devi is another Asian boxing legend who has won the Asian title five times and also happens to be a former World Champion. Sarita Devi made headlines following her 2014 Asian Games final loss, but by far is among the most achieved athlete of Indian boxing.
The Arjuna awardee who has spent over a decade and a half in boxing was recently elected a representative of women boxers in India to the national federation’s executive council and continues to be gungho about her boxing career. She picked a silver at the Indian Open International championships in the Capital in January. Sarita has the rare distinction of winning five medals, including four gold and a silver in five different weight categories at the Asian Women’s championships.
2018: Indian Open International Championships, New Delhi: silver
2018: Sr. National Women’s Boxing Championships, Rohtak: gold
2017: Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, Vietnam: bronze
2016: China Invitational tournament: silver
2016: South Asian Games: gold
2014: Glasgow Commonwealth Games: silver
2014: Asian Games, Incheon, South Korea: bronze
2010: 5th Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, Kazakhstan: gold
2009: 4th Indoor Asian Games, Hanoi, Vietnam: silver
2009: World Police and Fire Games, British Columbia, Canada: gold
2008: AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championship, Ningbo City, China: bronze
2005: WITCH Cup International Women’s Boxing Tournament, Hungary: silver
2005: 3rd World Women’s Boxing Championship, Norway: silver
2005: Venus International Women’s Boxing Championship, Russia: gold
2005: 4th Women’s World Boxing Championship, New Delhi: gold
2005: ASBC 4th Asian Women Boxing Championship, Guwahati: gold
2004: DSF Indian Amateur Boxing Championship, Dubai: gold
2003, Ahmet Comet International Women’s Boxing Championship, Turkey: bronze
2003: 2nd Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, Hissar, India: gold
2001: 1st Asian Women’s Boxing Championship, Bangkok, Thailand: silver
2001: participated in 1st World Women’s Boxing Championships, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
2002: participated in 2nd Women’s World Boxing Championship, Antalya, Turkey
2001: 1st Women’s National Boxing Championship, JNI Stadium Chennai, TN: gold
2001: 2nd Senior National Women Boxing Championship, New Delhi: gold
2002: National Games, Hyderabad: gold
2003: 3rd Senior Women National Boxing Championship, Aizawl, Mizoram: gold
2004: 5th Senior Women National Boxing Championship, Kokrajhar, Assam: silver
2005: 6th Senior Women National Boxing Championship Jamshedpur, Jarkhand: gold
2007: National Games Guwahati, Assam: gold
2007: SRM Federation Cup Men & Women, SRM University Campus, TN: gold
2007: 8th Senior Women National Boxing Championship, Rudrapur, Uttarkhand: gold
2008: 9th Senior Women National Boxing Championships, Agra, UP: gold
2009: Federation Cup Women Boxing Championship, Erode, TN: gold
Pavitra (60 kg)
Date of Birth: 25-12-1986
Place of Birth: Rewari, Haryana
Intro: One of India’s experienced boxers in the circuit, 31-year-old Pavitra’s stint with the sport started at a very early age. It was her Physical education teacher who introduced Pavitra to boxing when she was in the 9th standard. Hailing from a family with 3 other siblings, Pavitra received profound impetus and support from her parents, a fact she believes helped her climb the ladder of success.
Initially what started out as a hobby slowly started taking shape as she made more professional advances. A natural with techniques, she was recommended by SAI and she soon found success in the district and the state levels.
She draws inspiration from five times world champion Mary Kom. Pavitra also has the rare distinction of winning 5 national champions herself. She won her first international medal at the 2010 Asian Boxing Championship, in Kazakhstan. One of the three women’s boxers to represent India at the upcoming Asian Games, Pavitra aspires of winning the gold as she prepares for the continental tournament.
2018- 18th Asian Games Invitation Tournament; Indonesia: Gold
2018- India Open International Boxing Tournament; New Delhi: Gold
2016: South Asian Games; Guwahati and Shillong: Silver
2014- AIBA Women’s World Championship; South Korea: Quarter Finals
2012- Sr. National Women’s Boxing Championship: Gold
2011- Asian Cup women’s boxing tournament; Haikou, China: Silver
2011- Sr. National Women’s Boxing Championship: Gold
2010 Women’s World Boxing Championship; West Indies: Quarter Finals
2010- Sr. National Women’ s Boxing Championship: Gold
2010- Asian Women’s Boxing Championship; Kazakhstan: Bronze
LOVLINA BORGOHAIN (69kgs)
Date Of Birth: 02-10-1997
Place of Birth: Assam
Coach: Padum Boro, Shiv Singh, Sandhya Gurung, Abhishek Sha
Lovlina’s journey into contact sports did not start with boxing. It was kick-boxing that had her knocked over before she bumped into her first coach Padum Boro who worked at Sports Authority of India’s Shillong and Dimapur centres. Lovlina had taken to kick boxing after her twin sisters, Licha and Lima who had already represented the state at the national age group level. Not that kick-boxing was Lovlina’s, first love. It was boxing that she got her high on and it was only a matter of time the pugilist from Golaghat. It all began a few months after she took to kick-boxing when the SAI centre neld boxing trials at her school – Barpathar Girls High School 2012. The moment she participated in the trials, her talent caught the eye of the coach by Boro. Thereafter, there has been no looking back for this gutsy and talented boxer.
2018: Indian Women’s Senior National Championships, Rohtak: Silver
2018: Indian Open Boxing Tournament, New Delhi: Gold
2017: President’s Cup tournament in Astana: Bronze
2017: Asian Boxing Championships, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Bronze
2015: Nations Women’s Youth Cup (Subotica, Serbia): Silver
2014: Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Memorial Tournament (Subotica, Serbia): Bronze
2014: Nations Women’s Youth Cup (Vrbas, Serbia): Bronze
2013: Nations Women’s Junior Cup (Zrenjanin, Serbia): Silver
2012: Indian Women’s Junior National Championships: Gold
SONIA LATHER SINGH (57kg)
Date of Birth: 10-2-1992
Place of Birth: Haryana
Coach: Anoop Kumar
Intro: A wrestler turned boxer, 24-year-old Sonia Lather is already a veteran in the sports and is among India’s top hounds in the ring. The World Boxing Championships silver medallist who has already spent closed to a decade in international boxing has brought kudos to the country on several occasions at both the Asian as well as European circuit. Silver medallist at the 2016 World Championship and 2017 Asian Games winner, nothing has come easy for the 25 years old in her life. Currently India’s best prospect in the 57Kg weight category, Sonia Lather had learnt from the adversities to never give up, irrespective of the difficulties and the circumstances.
Sonia took to boxing primarily for anger management, an idea that was totally supported by her family. Today she is among the leading lights in Indian women’s amateur boxing. A gold medal at an international outing continues to elude her and Sonia wants to pursue the yellow metal at the upcoming Asian Games as she prepares for the continental blue riband tournament.
2018: Ulaanbaatar Cup 2018 Mongolia: Bronze
2018: Sr. National Women’s Boxing Championships, Rohtak: Gold
2017: Women’s Asian Boxing Championships, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Silver
2016: Women’s World Boxing Championships, Astana, Silver
2013: 14th Women’s Sr. Nationals, Uttarakhand: Silver
2012: Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: Silver
2012: 13th Sr. Nationals Women’s Boxing Championships, Guwahati: Gold
2011: 12th Sr. Women’s Nationals, Bhopal: Silver
2011: Sr Women’s Federation Cup, Nainital: Gold
2010: 6th Women’s Youth Nationals, Guwahati: Gold
2010: Women’s Federation Cup, Uttarakhand: Gold
2010: 11th Sr. Women’s Nationals, Kerala: Gold
2009: 5th Women’s Youth Nationals, Mizoram: Gold
PINKY RANI JANGRA
Date Of Birth: 28-04-1990
Place of Birth: Hisar, Haryana
Coach: Anoop Kumar
Pinky Rani Jhangra is one of very few sports personalities in world sports that has had the previlige of emulating her idol. Born in Hisar, Pinky always considered Mary Kom her role model and it came to be that one fine day, the two met in the ring in the quarterfinals of a tournament Jamshedpur in 2009. And to her surprise, she managed an upset win over Mary Kom
Pinky started her boxing career in 2006 and had two brothers who were already into boxing. However, it took her parents a lot of convincing as they feared for her safety, especially boxing being considered a dangerous sport.
Soon Pinky was boxing in the senior ranks and clashed with Mary Kom for the first time in the Agra National Championships in the 46-kg category. Pinky finished runners-up to Mary Kom in that nationals.
Thereafter, Pinky went on to win laurels at the National Games and the Women’s Nationals in 2011, 2012, 2014.
Ten years younger to Mary, Pinky, says she has learnt a lot from Mary Kom’s style and developed her own technique over the years. Today Pinkly is one of the most established women boxers in the country. She also owes her growth in the sport to her two brothers who have stood by her and guided her and improved her technique.
2017: India Open Boxing Championships, New Delhi: gold
2015: President Cup International Boxing Championships, Palembang, Indonesia: gold
2014: National Women’s Boxing Championship: gold
2014: Commonwealth Games: bronze.
2012: Asian Women’s Championships (Ulaanbaatar, MGL): silver
2011: Indian Women’s National Championships: silver
2011: Arafura Games (Darwin, AUS): gold
2011: Indian Women’s National Games: gold
2010: SRI-IND Women’s Dual Match: gold
2010: Sharma Memorial Federation Cup (Uttarakhand): gold
2009: Sharma Memorial Federation Cup (Uttarakhand): gold
2009: Indian Women’s National Championships: silver
Date of Birth: 20-10-1993
Place of Birth: Jhinjhar Village, Haryana
Style: South Paw
Coach: Sanjay Singh, Gurbax Singh Sandhu,
Club: Hawa Singh Boxing Academy
Neeraj took to boxing when her elder wrestler brother Hitesh, tore a ligament in training, an injury that ended his career. Neeraj’s father always wanted one member of the family to pursue sports, so after Hitesh’s injury, Neeraj chose boxing to chase her father’s dream. She joined the Captain Hawa Singh Academy in Bhiwani and trained under coach Sanjay Singh. She went on to win medals at four successive Haryana state championships, including 1 gold, 2 silver and a bronze. Her first all India gold came at the Inter-University boxing championships, followed by a bronze at the women’s senior nationals the same year (2015) and then a gold at the 2016 women’s senior nationals.
Neeraj’s big career leap came at the Nation’s Cup in Serbia in Jan 2017 where she struck gold. However, she lost in the quarterfinals of the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in November 2017 in Ho Chin Min City, Vietnam. Neeraj has put that loss behind her and is gearing up for the big season ahead this year.
2017: Jan, Nations’ Cup, Serbia: gold
2017: Nov: Ho Chin Min City, Vietnam: Asian Women’s Championships: quarterfinals
2016: Women’s Nationals, Haridwar: gold
2015: 16th Senior Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships, Guwahati, Assam: bronze
2015: All India Inter-University Championships: Gold
2011 to 2014: bronze, 2 silver and 1 gold at the Haryana State championships
Shashi Chopra, 57 kg. Hisar, Haryana
Date of Birth: 13-10-99
Place of Birth: Hisar, Haryana
Coach: G S Sandhu, Raffaele Bergamasco
Shashi adopted boxing at a very tender age though her parents were keen on her pursuing wrestling to stay fit. She did wrestle for a year before she got bitten by the boxing bug. Shashi comes from a family with an army background and has Olympian and Commonwealth Games medallist Saina Nehwal and has already established herself as one of India’s most promising boxing talent after picking up gold and silver at two international boxing tournaments, including the World Youth Boxing Championships late last year.
2017: AIBA Youth Women’s World Championship, Gold (57kg)
2017: Balkan Youth International Boxing Championship, Bulgaria-Gold
2017: 31st International Ahmet Comert Boxing Tournament, Istanbul-Silver
2016: National Championship, New Delhi: Gold
Date of Birth: 5-3-1993
Place of Birth: DoVill.-Huppara,P.O.-Mojab Barri, Distt.-Chirang
Coach: Geeta Chanu
Pwilao Basumatary, a World youth bronze medallist in 2011, represents the Indian Railways.
Pwilao and Minu Basumatary of Kokrajhar area of Assam had hit headlines by claiming bronze and gold medal respectively in the World youth championship in Turkey. But lack of guidance saw them wither away until Pwilao joined the Railways in Guwahati in 2014. Pwilao Basumatary, who belongs to a farmer’s family, grew up in a small village in Chirang, Assam, and during her childhood, she experienced hunger and poverty.
Fortunately, to get a place in the Sports Authority of India’s Special Area Games Centre in Kokrajhar, she never looked back. Her maiden international outing was the 2011 World Boxing Championship in Turkey where she won a bronze. Just as she was coming into her own, the 2012 ethnic violence broke out in Assam and lakhs of people became homeless. Her family was among them. The violence and its aftermath deeply pained her. Her success is hailed as new hope for Bodoland.
2016: 5th AIBA Nations Cup in Ruma, Serbia: gold
2015: Asian Confederation Women Boxing Championships, Wulanchabu, China: bronze
2009: Federation Cup Boxing Championships, Tamil Nadu: bronze
2009: 4th Youyh Women’s National Boxing Championships, Goa: participated
2009: 10th Senior Women National Boxing Championships at J.R.D. Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur: silver
2009: 5th Youth Women’s National Boxing Championships, Mizoram: gold
2010: 6th Youth Women’s National Boxing Championships, TR Phukan, Indoor Stadium, Guwahati: gold
2010: 11th Senior Women’s National Boxing Championships, Thrissur, Kerala:
2011: 7th Youth Women’s National Boxing Championships, Punjab: gold
2012: 12th Senior National Women’s Boxing Championships, Bhopal, MP: silver
2012: 13th Senior Women’s National Boxing Championships, Guwahati, Assam: gold
2013: 14TH Senior Women’s National Boxing Championships, Guwahati, Assam: silver
2015: 16th Senior (Elite) Women’s National Boxing Championships, New Bongaigaon, Guwahati, Assam: gold
Date of Birth: 1-6-1993
Place of Birth: Manipur, India
Coach: Anoop Kumar
Club: SAI Centre, Imphal
Intro: Sarjubala Devi is considered the latest Indian boxing sensation for her meteoric rise in the sport. Four international gold medals before grabbing a silver at the World Championships in Turkey, apart from eight national gold medals, is no mean achievement. Add to that, the seven medals she has bagged at the state level. She also bagged the Best Boxer award for two successive years in 2010 and 2011. Her breakthrough victory came at the 2011 World Youth Boxing Championships in Turkey, where she beat Russia’s Svetlana Dmitrieva 37-21in the final of the light-welterweight division. She then showed her grit and determination at the 2011 National Boxing Championships in Patiala, where she won the Gold medal with a come-from-behind win in the final round against Krishna Thapa.
Quick, hardworking and coupled with impeccable footwork and work ethics, Sarjubala picked up a Silver at the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia and will be one of India’s exciting prospects in the quadrennial event.
2018: Ulaanbaatar Cup 2018; Mongolia: Silver
2018: Indian Open International Boxing Championships; New Delhi: Bronze
2018: National Women’s Boxing Championship; Rohtak: Gold
2016: National Women’s Boxing Championship; Haridwar: Gold
2014: Women’s World Boxing Championships, Jeju City, Korea: Silver
2011: AIBA World Youth Boxing Championships, Antalya: Gold
2011: Youth Women’s National Boxing Championships: Gold
2011: National Women’s Boxing Championships, Bhopal: Gold
2010: National Women’s Boxing Championships: Gold
2009: Junior Women’s National Championships: Silver
2008: Sub-Junior Women’s Nationals: Gold
2006: Sub-Junior Women’s National Championships: Gold
Date of Birth: 10-1-1993
Place of Birth: Hisar, Haryana
Coach: Hemlata Singh Bagdawal, Raj Singh, Sanjay Kumar and Anoop Kumar.
Club: SAI, Haryana
Fighting against all odds, Saweety Boora emerged as one of the country’s top women boxers in the light heavyweight category (81 kg), her biggest achievement being a silver medal she wins at the 2014 World Championships. Ironically, Saweety was a state level kabaddi player before she switched her loyalties to boxing on the advice of her father who preferred she excelled in an individual sport, rather than a team sport. Actually, she was forced to stop playing kabaddi as she was told to shift out of Haryana if she wanted to pursue a career in the sport. This did not go down well with the family and hence she became boxing’s gain.
Sweety took part in her first nationals, the 4th Junior Women National Boxing Championship at Manual Haq Stadium Rajendra Nagar, Patna in 2009 and struck gold. She is the daughter of a small-time farmer, Mahender Singh and had to overcome a lot of resistance from relatives and village members. “When I joined boxing many of my relatives and village people were against my decision. But it was my father who supported me throughout. My mother also played her part as she never asked me to do household chores and always encouraged me to concentrate on my boxing,” revealed Saweety.
Saweety was made to run on ploughed fields and underwent 3-4 hours of tough training and that made her tough. She gives her coaches Hemlata Singh Bagdawal, Raj Singh, Sanjay Kumar and Anoop Kumar all the credit for her success.
Saweety is among the few boxers who speaks her mind out and has asked the government to help women boxers financially in pursuing the sport as a career.
2014 World Championships: Silver medal
2015 Asian Championships: Silver medal
World Ranking: 2 (81 kg category)
NATIONALS: 2009: 4th Junior Women National Boxing Championship 2009, Manual Haq Stadium Rajendra Nagar, Patna, Bihar: gold
2015: 16th Senior(Elite) Women National Boxing Championship – 2015 New Bongaigaon, Guwahati, Assam: gold
2013: 14th Senior Women Boxing Competition Khatima, Uttrakhand: gold
2013: 8th Senior Women North India Boxing Championships, Srinagar J & K: gold
2012: 8th Federation Cup Women Boxing Championships, Sai Sports Complex, Guwahati, Assam: Gold
2012: 4th Inter-Zonal Women National Boxing Championship, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh: gold
2012: 13th Senior Women National Boxing Championships Guwahati, Assam: bronze
2011: 7th Youth Women National Boxing Championships Patiala, Punjab: gold
2011: N.C. Sharma Memorial Federation Cup Women Boxing Championships, DSA Ground Nainital, Uttarakhand: gold
2011: 1st UBA Cup Women Boxing Tournament, Hisar Haryana: Gold2010: 11th Senior Women National Boxing Championships at Thrissur, Kerala: gold
2010: S.H.N.C. Sharma Memorial Federation Cup Women Boxing Championships: silver