Barun Singh (49 kg)
Date of Birth: 01-03-2000
Place of Birth: Manipur
Intro: Barun Singh is one of the most exciting prospects to have emerged from the northeast in the current crop. With agility and speed his ally, the lightweight boxer has turned eyes ever since his debut two years back. A record five-time state champion in the Youth Category, Barun has taken great strides in his career. In 2015; he made his first international appearance in the World Youth Championship in Russia. Albeit he failed to produce a medal-winning performance, it only made him strive for more.
Learning his basics at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Manipur, the young lad always aspired to scale great success. In 2017, he shot into a nation-wide prominence after winning the gold in youth nationals. He repeated the success in 2018, and of late, won the gold at the Golden Glove Boxing Tournament in Serbia. With a rich haul of success in a short time, Barun has heralded himself as a boxer of international repute and will be keen to emulate it with his eyes next set on the World Youth Championship.
2018: 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina Youth Men & Women Tournament; Serbia: Gold
2018: Asian Youth Boxing Championship; Bangkok: Participated
2018: Youth Nationals; Rohtak: Gold
2017: Youth Nationals; Delhi: Gold
Bhavesh Kattimani (52 kg)
Date of Birth:06-10-2001
Place of Birth: Mumbai
Intro: Reputed as a spirited boxer with umpteen energy, the Maharashtra pugilist has come up the ranks quite rapidly since his foray. Middle child to his parents, Bhavesh’s elder sister was also into the sport. But since she changed focus to studying, it was a young Bhavesh who picked up the baton. A sports lover, boxing was akin to him, who used to play the sport in the after-hours of his school. And it was his physical education teacher who identified the potential in the lad and inspired him to follow his dream. In 2012, Bhavesh joined the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Mumbai and got his first exposure at boxing.
Since then he has gone on to win a handful of laurels for the nation. A two-time Asian Youth bronze medallist, Bhavesh believes his strongest weapon is his instinctive strategizing power. He has also won the Youth Nationals thrice and is all geared up for the AIBA Youth WC in a bid to land his biggest ever career medal thus far.
2018: 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina Youth Men &Women Tournament; Serbia: Bronze
2018: Asian Youth Boxing Championship; Bangkok: Bronze
2018: Youth Nationals: Rohtak: Gold
2017: ASBC Asian Juniors Boxing Championships; Philippines: Bronze
2016: Youth Nationals: Gold
2015: Youth Nationals: Gold
Ankit (60 kg)
Place of Birth: 22-03-2000
Date of Birth: Hisar, Haryana
Intro: A neighbour to two-time Asian Championships medallist Jai Bhagwan, Ankit was aware of the popularity and prospect of the sport since childhood. However, his dreams took flight when Bhagwan won bronze at the 2010 CWG in New Delhi. Inspired to make his own identity in boxing, Ankit started playing the sport in 2011 when he was in the 6th standard, joining the Hisar Boxing academy. He also received the imperative support of his family and relatives who motivated him to go for practice sessions.
With a self-belief to make it big, Ankit started winning the rudimentary tournaments and also won the State championships in 2012 and 2013. However, Ankit came under the limelight and caught the attention of the boxing fraternity with his impressive display against a much stronger Utefenov Khalimbek of Uzbekistan in the Agalarov Cup in 2017, in the summit clash. Though he lost the bout, Ankit returned with a silver in his maiden international outing. Ankit continued reaping success in 2018, winning the silver in Asian Youth Championships at Bangkok. The two-time youth nationals’ winner is now all set to step up his game for the big occasions. With a silver medal in the recently concluded Golden Glove tournament in Serbia, Ankit will be aiming for the pole position as he gets ready for the AIBA Youth World Championship.
2018: 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina Youth Men &Women Tournament; Serbia: Silver
2018: Asian Youth Boxing Championship; Bangkok: Silver
2018: Youth Nationals, Rohtak: Gold
2017: Agalarov Cup; Azerbaijan: Silver
2017: Asian Youth Boxing Championship; Bangkok: Bronze
2017: Youth Nationals; Delhi: Gold