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
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 the 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
PINKY RANI (51 kg)
Date of Birth: 28-04-1990
Place of Birth: Hisar, Haryana
Intro: Bronze medal winner at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Pinky Rani has enjoyed an illustrious career ever since her foray. She started her career in 2006 and was initially guided by her two brothers who were already into the sport. However, it took her parents a lot of convincing as they feared for her safety, given the stakes surrounding the sport. Born and raised at Hisar, Pinki always considered Mary Kom, the boxer of international repute, her role model. Interestingly, when Pinky was boxing in the senior ranks she clashed with Mary Kom for the first time in the Agra National Championships. Pinky finished runners-up to Mary Kom that year. Thereafter, the 28-year old went on to win laurels at the National Games and the Women’s Nationals in 2011, 2012, 2014
Ten years younger to Mary, Pinky has learnt a lot from Mary Kom’s style and in the process, evolved herself into one an established women boxer in the country.
2018: 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; Glasgow: 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
Nikhat Zareen (51 kg)
Date of Birth: 14-06-1996
Place of Birth: Nizamabad, Telangana
Intro: A world youth and junior champion, Nikhat Zareen is amongst the few current crops of boxers to have flourished at the international stage. With her slew of wins as a teenager and a promising career to look forward to; was soon struck by a tragedy. The 2011 world junior champion snapped her shoulder during an Inter-University Championships bout, forcing her out of the ring for nearly a year. While the Nizamabad-based pugilist broke all barriers to become the first Muslim girl to take up Boxing professionally and represent India; staying away from the ring for almost a year was the toughest phase of her life so far.
Defying all odds and the detractors; the 21-year-old made a resounding comeback. On her comeback match in Serbia, she won gold. She romped a 5-0 win over Greece’s Koutsoeorgopoulou Aikaterini in the summit clash. It is the unfathomable self-belief and determination that makes Zareen plough through, while her whole focus at this moment is to achieve optimum fitness, the Hyderabadi lass looks forward to leaving her mark in the Women’s World Championships slated for later this year in India.
2018: 56th Belgrade Winner International Championship; Serbia: Gold
2018: Women Senior Nationals; Rohtak; Haryana: Bronze
2016: 16th Senior Women National Boxing Championship, Guwahati, Assam: Gold
2014 Third Nations Cup, Serbia: Gold
2014: AIBA Youth World Championship, Bulgaria: Silver
2011: AIBA Women’s Junior and Youth World Boxing Championship; Turkey: Gold
Jamuna Boro (54 kg)
Date of Birth: 07-05-1997
Place of Birth: Sonitpur, Assam
Club: SAI Centre, Assam
Intro: 21-year-old Jamuna Boro is an international boxer who has earned numerous laurels for India in various domestic and foreign tournaments. However, the inspiring story of Assam’s young pugilist is what leaves us baffled. Hailing from the village of Belsiri, Assam, Jamuna was ten years old when her father passed away. His death left a great crater in the family and her mother, Nirmali Boro was compelled to work as a vegetable vendor to ensure survival.
While dent of poverty would always make Jamuna and her family struggle for basic existence; undeterred love for boxing helped her find success despite such hindrances. She got introduced to boxing via Wushu, which is a martial art form similar to Judo-Karate and Taekwondo. While returning from school, she often used to see kids practice the sport and enjoyed the techniques of punch, throw kicks etc. Attracted by the thrill of wushu, in little time she got really good at it. However, the lack of scope in sport, coupled with the encouragement of a local coach, she took up boxing. But soon the talent was there for all to see and she joined the Guwahati Boxing training centre in 2009.
That same year her life was transformed as Sports Authority of India (SAI) impressed with her raw talent picked her up and within no time; success came her way. Jamuna played her first match for India in just three years’ time.
Jamuna had been successful in bagging gold in the 2013 Second Nations Cup International Sub- Junior Girls Boxing Tournament held in Serbia. She also became a Youth World Champion and won a bronze medal in the 57kg category while playing the AIBA Youth Women World Boxing Championships in Taipei in 2015. She is currently focussing for the preparations of the World Women’s Boxing Championship later this year in India and aims to win an Olympic Medal in 2020.
2015: World Youth Boxing Championship; Taipei: Bronze
2013: 2nd Nations Cup International Sub-Junior Girls Tournament; Zrenjanun, Serbia: Gold
2012: 7th Sub-Junior Women National Boxing Championships; Kolkata: Gold
2011: 2nd Sub-Junior Women National Boxing Championships; Tamil Nadu: Gold
2010: 1st Sub-Junior Women National Boxing Championship; Tamil Nadu: Gold
Shashi Chopra, 57 kg. Hisar, Haryana
Date of Birth: 13-10-99
Place of Birth: Hisar, Haryana
Intro: Hisar-born Shashi got into sports at a tender age. Her parents wanted her to take up wrestling, though, just to be physically fit. She gave it a shot for a year before the boxing bug got to her. Coming from an army background, Shashi had the fighting spirit in her genes and her dreams got fired up when she saw her idol, Saina Nehwal takes the gold at the 2010 Commonwealth games.
She has already found success at international outings winning a gold and silver in Bulgaria and Istanbul last year. National winner in 2016, Shashi’s biggest achievement is the gold medal she won at the Youth Women’s World Championship in Guwahati. Her growth has been slow but steady, with the current year promising to be a game-changer Clinical and feisty inside the ring, Shahsi will be one of India’s strong medal bet for the World Championship later this year.
2017: AIBA Youth Women’s World Championship; Guwahati: Gold
2017: Balkan Youth International Boxing Championship; Bulgaria: Gold
2017: 31st International Ahmet Comert Boxing Tournament; Istanbul: Silver
2016: National Championship; New Delhi, 2016: 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
SARITA DEVI (60 kg)
Date of Birth: March 1982
Place of Birth: Thoubal Khunou, Manipur
Club: All India Police
Intro: Hailing from the same state as 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 controversial final loss, but by far is amongst the most reputed and successful athlete of Indian boxing.
The Arjuna awardee who has spent over a decade and a half in boxing was elected in 2018 as a representative of women boxers in India to the national federation’s executive council and continues to be gung-ho about her boxing career. She picked a silver at the Indian Open International championships in the Capital earlier in January and represented India at the Commonwealth Games, 2018 edition in Gold Coast. 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. She currently is shaping up for the World Championship.
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: 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, Jharkhand: 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, Uttarakhand: 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
Intro: Lovlina has enjoyed tremendous success since her foray and her journey into contact sports is an intriguing one as well. Following suit of her twin sisters Licha and Lima, the Assamese took up kickboxing initially. It was only when she met her first coach Padum Boro, her life took another dimension. Boro who worked at Sports Authority of India’s Shillong and Dimapur centres introduced her to boxing and since then there has been no looking back. Having found her love in boxing, Lovlina was always on the lookout for an opportunity. And it came within a few months. SAI was holding a trial at her school, Barpathar Girls High School, and Lovlina wasted no time in going there and showing her skills. It was here that Boro saw her, selected her and then started training. It was 2012.
Cut to 2018, the 20-year-old has represented India at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. She was selected for the prestigious event on the back of some brilliant performances in the recent months — gold at India Open, bronze at Asian Championships in Vietnam and bronze at President’s Cup in Astana. The boxer currently is gearing up for the World Championship which will take place in India for the very first time.
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
PILWAO BASUMATARY 69Kgs
Date of Birth: 5-3-1993
Place of Birth: DoVill.-Huppara, P.O.-Mojab Barri, Distt.-Chirang
Coach: Geeta Chanu
intro: 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 a 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 Youth 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
Saweety Boora (81 Kgs. )
Date of Birth: 10-1-1993
Place of Birth: Hisar, Haryana
Club: SAI, Haryana
Intro: 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. Daughter of a small-time farmer, Mahender Singh, Saweety initially had to overcome a lot of obstacles and resistance from relatives. Apart from having to undergo all her training in ploughed fields, she was forced to stop playing kabaddi as she was asked to shift out of Haryana if she wanted to pursue a career. However, fighting against all odds, Saweety Boora today has emerged into one of the country’s top women boxers. Her biggest achievement is a silver medal she won at the 2014 World Championships. The 25-year-old 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. The boxing powerhouse is also amongst the few pugilists who are vocal about pressing issues and has contributed in aiding women boxers pursue the sport as a career.
2018: Umakhanov Memorial Tournament; Kaspiysk, Russia: Gold
2014: Women’s World Championships; South Korea: Silver
2015: Asian Women’s Boxing Championships; China: Silver
2015: 16th Senior(Elite) Women National Boxing Championship – 2015 Guwahati, Assam: Gold
2013: 14th Senior Women Boxing Competition Khatami, Uttrakhand: Gold
2013: 8th Senior Women North India Boxing Championships, Srinagar: Gold
2012: 8th Federation Cup Women Boxing Championships, Guwahati, Assam: Gold
2012: 4th Inter-Zonal Women National Boxing Championship, Visakhapatnam, AP: Gold
2011: 7th Youth Women National Boxing Championships Patiala, Punjab: Gold
2011: N.C. Sharma Memorial Federation Cup Women Boxing Championships, Uttarakhand: Gold
2011: 1st UBA Cup Women Boxing Tournament, Hisar Haryana: Gold
2012: 13th Senior Women National Boxing Championships Guwahati, Assam: Bronze
2010: S.H.N.C. Sharma Memorial Federation Cup Women Boxing Championships: Silver
2010: 11th Senior Women National Boxing Championships at Thrissur, Kerala: Gold
2009: 4th Junior Women National Boxing Championship 2009, Patna, Bihar: Gold
Bhagyabati Kachari (81 kg)
Date of Birth: 01-01-1992
Place of Birth: Tamgla, Assam
Club: SAI (Kokrajhar)
Intro: A sports lover since childhood, Bhagyabati’s tryst with boxing was predestined. In class 6, she used to take football coaching and soon got involved in volleyball and kabaddi as she reached high school. However, as fate had it, a school teacher then advised trying her hand in boxing as the sport had a promising prospect. While her parents were initially nervous, Bhagyabati’s uncle convinced them to let their daughter pursue her dream. In 2009, Bhagyabati joined (Sports Authority of India) in Kokrajhar and since then she has never looked back. Three months since her joining, the pugilist won the bronze medal in Youth Nationals in Mizoram.
She missed out on a podium finish next year narrowly, bowing out in the semi-final. But that motivated her to train even harder and she went on to win the bronze in Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in 2012 and secured a gold the same year in an invitation tournament in Sri Lanka. It has been a steady climb for the 26-year-old, who aspires to reach the epitome of success. Now, all her focus is concentrated on the upcoming World Championships slated for later this year. A boxer in the heavyweight category, Bhagyabati is undergoing specialized power training to prepare herself for the mega-event.
2017: Sr. Women’s national boxing championship; Odisha: Bronze
2012: Asian Women’s Boxing Championships; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: Bronze
2012: Invitation Boxing Tournament; Sri Lanka: Gold
2011: Sr. Women’s National Boxing Championship; Bhopal: Semi Final
2010: Youth National Boxing Championship; Tamil Nadu: Semi Final
2009: Youth National Boxing Championship; Mizoram: Bronze
Kavita Chahal (81 kg)
Date of Birth: 08-04-1985
Place of Birth: Sonipat, Haryana
Club: Haryana Police
Intro: Mother of a year-and-a-half-old son, Kavita Chahal is an era-defining boxer who has taken great strides in career and is a boxer of repute. The first female boxer from Haryana to be presented with Arjuna Award, Kavita has managed to remain motivated and ambitious while shouldering the responsibilities of a domestic life.
In 2004, at the age of 16, Kavita picked up the boxing gloves. Her initial training at boxing was handled by her father Bhup Singh, also a boxer. Bhup, who had once aspired to reach the epitome of success was forced to a premature end when he got injured in an accident. It was then a daughter’s devotion to her father as Kavita worked tirelessly, breaking stereotypes as she established a legacy.
Standing at close to six feet, the former world no 2 comes across as a genial giant with umpteen energy and sharp focus. She is a twice-consecutive World Championship medalist and 4-times Asian medalist. With 8 gold medals, she is a record holder in women’s national championship boxing. The 23-year-old is a 5-times gold medalist in the Federation Cup and 5-times gold medalist in All India Police games from 2012-2017.
2017: World Police and Fire Games; Los Angeles: Gold
2014: 3rd Nations Cup; Serbia: Bronze
2013: World Police and Fire Games; Ireland: Gold
2012: Asian Women’s Boxing Championships; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: Bronze
2012: Women’s World Boxing Championships; China: Bronze
2011: 1st Asian Cup Women’s Boxing Tournament; China: Bronze
Seema Poonia (+81 Kg)
Date of Birth: 04-06-1990
Place of Birth: Rajasthan
Intro: Seema Poonia is a renowned international boxer in the heavyweight category and has done the country proud, winning several laurels both in international and domestic tournaments. Coming through the ranks in SAI (Sports Authority of India), Hisar, Seema made her international foray in 2015.
She marked her debut with a bronze in the 2015ASBC Women’s Boxing Tournament and next year bettered it with a gold in Serbia at the 5th Nations Cup. Previously, she won had won gold in the All India Inter-University Boxing championship for two straight years. The 28-year-old registered her maiden National Boxing Championship in 2012 in the form of gold. A boxer of international repute who has found umpteen success, Seemi Poonia is a name to watch out for. Blessed with core strength and strong muscle power, Seema is a lethal opponent
to face inside the ring. With the special focus on developing her strength, Seema will be keen to make her mark when India hosts the Women World Championships later in the year.
2017: Asian Boxing Championships; Vietnam: Bronze
2016: 5th Nation’s Cup; Ruma, Siberia: Gold
2015: ASBC Women’s Boxing Tournament; China: Bronze
2014: Sr. Women’s National Boxing Championship: Gold
2012: Sr. Women’s National Boxing Championship; Guwahati: Silver
2012: All India Inter-University Boxing Tournament: Gold
2011: All India Inter-University Boxing Tournament: Gold
2011: Super Cup Women’s Boxing Tournament; Nainital: Silver
2011: National Games: Bronze