Neetu, 48 kg. 

nituprofileDate Of Birth: 19-10-2000
Place of Birth:
Bhiwani, Haryana
Style:
Southpaw

Intro: With a flourishing career in the youth category, 17-year-old Nitu is one of the quickest boxers in her category. Dynamic and instrumental inside the ring, the Haryana pugilist just returned with a Gold, her successive second one in the 48 kg at the World Youth Championship in Budapest, Hungry. She had also finished at the pole position in the World Youth Boxing Championship in 2017. Coming from a conservative family, there was a little scope that she could enter the world of sports. But her father had other plans: he wanted her to become a boxer. However, Nitu’s father had to go against the wishes of his entire family to make that happen; he also had to take leave from his office (a Chandigarh Vidhan Sabha employee) for three long years.

It meant that the family went through a severe financial crisis. Luckily, that only prompted Neetu to put her heart and soul into boxing and emerge a winner. She slowly rose through the ranks at the district level until she caught the eye of renowned boxing coach Jagdish Singh, the tough taskmaster who helped Vijender Singh win the Beijing Olympic bronze medal. Neetu’s skills and techniques were quickly honed and she went on to represent the State and won her first Nationals in 2015. She is now ready for the yet another shot at the big stage as she prepares herself for the senior category, where she will be graduating soon.

Achievements:

2018: AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Hungary: Gold
2018: Golden Glove of Vojvodina Youth Men & Women Boxing Tournament; Serbia: Gold
2018: Youth Women Nationals; Rohtak: Gold
2018: Asian Youth Championships; Bangkok: Gold
2017: Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Guwahati: Gold
2017: Balkan Youth International Boxing Championship; Sofia, Bulgaria: Gold
2016: Youth Women Nationals; Bronze

Jyoti, 51 kg. 

jyotiprofileDate of Birth: 16-12-2000
Place of Birth:
Rohtak, Haryana
Style:
Orthodox

Intro: A promising prospect who enjoys an exemplary record, Jyoti’s tryst with boxing was predestined. Battling her parents to let her pursue the dream, the Haryana girl often had to sneak out of the house to practice.

Her dedication and perseverance soon bore fruit as she found success in the rudimentary tournaments in Rohtak. While her parents were still unaware of their daughter’s prowess, it was in 2012 when she was selected to participate in the State Championship that she had to reveal her secret.

A new life chapter in the offing, Jyoti set herself the goal of making it big in the sport. She won the State Championship but her big break came in the 2017 AIBA Youth Women’s World Championship which was hosted in India. Jyoti was at her imperious best, winning the gold and in the process, qualifying for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The reigning world champion looks in good shape, winning the silver at the Golden Glove tournament in Serbia, of late, after outfoxing the strong and robust Liubov Makeeva of Russia 5-0 in her semi-final bout. The 17-year-old will be keen to sustain the form as she looks forward to a busy calendar in 2018.
Achievements:

2018: Golden Glove of Vojvodina Youth Men & Women Boxing Tournament; Serbia: Silver
2017: AIBA Youth Women’s World Championship; Guwahati: Gold
2017: 31st International Ahmet Comert Boxing Tournament, Istanbul: Silver
2017: 6th Golden Glove women’s Boxing Tournament; Serbia: Gold
2017: Youth Women Nationals; Delhi: Gold
2013: National Games: Silver

Anamika (51 kg)

 

Date of Birth: 14-10-2000
Place of Birth: Dhamar, Haryana
Stance: Orthodox

Intro: Anamika had a strong passion for boxing and was introduced to the sport by her uncle. Although a softball player at the school level, it hasn’t been a tough transformation for the Haryana girl. Physical training and hard work only second nature to Anamika, she grasped the craft of boxing with comfortable ease. Establishing herself a natural in the contact sport, she won her first medal in the 2016 Rural Games. But her rise to glory was when she won silver at the Asian Championships earlier this year in Bangkok. The national gold winner in 2018, Anamika has tasted success in the short stint since her foray.

The tournaments have exposed her to the best of fighters where she has emerged a winner. A self-believer and a self-rectifier, the young pugilist won a Silver at the recently concluded World Youth Championship in Hungary where she lost a close bout against star youth boxer from America, Heaven Garcia. Anamika’s eyes are set for bigger battles in the coming days.

Achievements:

2018: AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Hungary: Silver
2018: AIBA Asian Youth Boxing Championship; Bangkok: Silver
2018: Youth Women Nationals; Rohtak: Gold
2016: Rural Games of India Boxing Championship; Gold

Sakshi, (54 KG) 

sakshiprofileDate of Birth: 09-09-2000
Place of Birth:
Dhanana, Haryana
Style:
Orthodox

Intro: Sakshi came under the limelight and caught the attention of the boxing fraternity when she beat US National Champion Yarisel Ramirez in the finals of the AIBA Junior Women’s World Championships in 2015, in Taipei. A national champion in her weight category Sakshi, is in top shape now, having a successive second winning streak at the recently concluded World Youth Championship in Hungary where she won a gold in the 57 kg category. Stamping her superiority on the sport, Shakshi, she had also won the gold at the Balkan Open in Bulgaria of late. She also has a bronze and a silver medal from exposure tournaments in Serbia earlier this year.

The 17-year-old was trained in her formative years by Jagdish Singh at the Bhiwani Boxing Academy. While she bagged the fourth gold for India at the prestigious World Championship in Guwahati, she believes that Indian boxing is ready for a breakthrough. With an indomitable attitude and a strong self-belief, the young boxer is all ready for a jump to the big league.
Achievements:

2018: AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Hungary: Gold
2017: Youth Women Nationals; Delhi: Gold
2017: Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Guwahati: Gold
2017: Balkan Youth International Boxing Championship; Sofia, Bulgaria: Gold
2015: Junior World Championship; Turkey: Gold

Divya Pawar (54 kg)

 

Date of Birth: 11-09-2000
Place of Birth: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Style: Southpaw

Intro: Bronze winner at the Asian Youth Championships in 2018, Divya Pawar boasts of several laurels ever since her foray into international boxing. The national gold winner in her category, Pawar has looked in sublime form winning the bronze in Balkan Youth International Boxing in 2017. Continuing her medal tally in 2018, the 17-year-old picked up her first Asian Championship medal in her maiden appearance and followed it up with a gold in Serbia.

Daughter of a constable, Divya’s passion for the sports evolved at an early age and it was at a summer camp she found success. An avid learner with an indomitable spirit, she used to idolize and follow veteran English boxer Nicola Adams as a kid. The Madhya Pradesh boxer has qualified for the World Youth Boxing Championship going to be held in Hungary in August and is presently training under the tutelage of coaches at the National Camp in Rohtak as she prepares to create history.

Achievements:
2018: Golden Glove of Vojvodina Youth Men & Women Boxing Tournament; Serbia: Gold
2018: AIBA Asian Youth Championships; Bangkok: Bronze
2018: Youth Women Nationals; Rohtak: Gold
2017: Balkan Youth International Boxing Championship; Sofia, Bulgaria: Bronze

 

Jony (60 kg)

 

Date of Birth:14-01-2000
Place of Birth: Rohtak, Haryana
Stance: Orthodox

Starting her boxing career at a tender age of 12, Jony has mustered well the techniques and is one of the most experienced pugilists in the youth category. However, she had to quit boxing midway owing to family issues. Daughter of a driver, Jony’s precocious talents have always come to the fore. In 2014, forestall and adamant to restore her boxing career, Jony made a resounding comeback winning the gold at the Rural Games Boxing Championship. Jony soon shot into prominence when she won the silver at the Youth Boxing Championship in Taipei in 2015. The diminutive pugilist has won two gold medals at the nationals, in 2016 and 2018.

With a flourishing career and a plethora of laurels under her belt, the dynamic pugilist of late won the gold at the 7th Nations Cup in Serbia. She also qualified for the quarter-final stage of the Asian Boxing Championship in Bangkok. Jony is currently focussed on keeping her head clear and training harder as she prepares to join the other Indian pugilists in their quest for bigger boxing glories. The boxer won a Bronze at the AIBA World Youth Women’s Boxing Championship in Hungary.

Achievements:

2018: AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Hungary: Bronze
2018: AIBA Asian Youth Boxing Championship; Bangkok- QF
2018: 7th Nations Cup; Serbia: Gold
2018: Youth Women Nationals; Rohtak: Gold
2017: 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, Bahamas: Silver
2016: Youth Women Nationals: Gold
2016: 5th Nations Cup boxing tournament; Serbia: Silver
2015: AIBA Women’s Youth Boxing Championship; Taipei: Silver
2014: Rural Games of India Boxing Championship; Chennai: Gold
2012: Youth Nationals; Kolkata: Gold

Vanlalhriatpuii- 60 kgs 

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National Championship – GOLD

Tall and lanky, Vanlalhriatpuii will be keenly watched during the upcoming AIBA World Youth Women Boxing Championship in Guwahati later this month. Like some of the fascinating stories from the North-East, Puii as her friends call her didn’t venture into boxing to win glory or medals; she took it up purely to ensure herself two square meals. The Mizo girl comes from a necessitous background, with her father working as a driver and her mother, a homemaker. She is the youngest of four siblings and life has never been smooth for any of them. She went for the local boxing trials in early 2014 and immediately impressed the local scouts. She got selected to be mentored by Mizoram Boxing Association and Sports Authority of Mizoram.

Since then, Puii has been knocking down almost every opponent under the able guidance of the Mizoram Boxing Association (MIZBA). They provided her with the right training facilities and coaching while she went the extra yard to hone her skills. Soon, she became the School Games Champion and a gold at the National Championship opened the doors further, earning her a berth in the National Youth team earlier this year. She has already impressed the coaching staff with her skills and has beaten top boxers and compatriots, even internationally, during recent exposure trips. Her goal: a shot at the Olympics. She believes she can win a gold there too.

Ankushita Boro – 64kg 

ankushitaprofileDate of Birth: 6-10-2000
Place of Birth:
Guwahati, Assam
Style:
Orthodox

Intro: Seventeen-year-old Ankushita Boro is one of the talents to watch out from the North East. She announced her arrival by winning back to back silver medals in two Youth International Championships last year. A seemingly shy teenager, she transforms into a ferocious fighter in the ring, not afraid of packing a punch.

Her elder brother, who plays volleyball, inspired her to take up the sport. The fighting spirit that life inculcated into her has pushed her to her limits that eventually yielded a bronze medal at the national championships early this year. She went on an international trip for the first time after that, to an exposure trip to Istanbul, and she came back with a silver medal. the knows that the road ahead will be tough, but the youngster is confident. The sparring sessions, the rigorous training camps and the foreign exposures, have toughened her. This teenager from Assam is all ready to spread her wings and win laurels for not only herself but for the country.

Achievements:

2018: Youth Women’s National; Rohtak: Bronze
2017: AIBA Youth Women’s World Championship; Guwahati: Gold
2017: Balkan Youth International Boxing Championship, Bulgaria: Silver
2017: 31st International Ahmet Comert Boxing Tournament, Istanbul: Silver

Manisha (64 kg)

Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Stance: Orthodox

Intro: A record 5-time national champion, the Haryana girl is a born prodigy and aspires to scale great success. However, her journey was marred by constant obstacles. Criticism and sarcastic barbs were no deterrent as this young pugilist was determined to pursue the sport with stronger fervour. Although she received the support of her father and grandfather, she was bogged down by the rest of the family who used to bombard her with household chores so that she couldn’t take up boxing. Having pursued kabaddi since childhood, sports was akin to her heart. In 2013, the young pugilist took up boxing, joining the academy in Panipat. Since then, she has gone on to defy odds and molded herself into one of the promising prospects in the current crop.

She finished here AIBA World Women’s Youth Championship campaign in Hungary with a Silver medal. Manisha has also won a gold medal at the Asian Youth Championship, followed by a silver at Serbia in Golden Glove tournament, both of which have come in the present calendar year. Adjudged as one of the top fighters in Serbia, the trophy only goes on to prove Manisha’s mettle and her confidence of putting in a medal-winning performance at the World Championship in August.
Achievements:

2018: AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Hungary: Silver
2018: Golden Glove of Vojvodina Youth Men and Women Tournament; Serbia: Silver
2018: AIBA Asian Youth Championships; Bangkok: Gold
2018: Youth Women Nationals; Rohtak: Gold
2016: 5th Nations Cup Boxing tournament; Serbia: Gold
2013: Youth Women Nationals: Gold

Lalita (69 kg)

Date of Birth:01-07-2000
Place of Birth: Rajasthan
Style: Orthodox

Intro: One of the emerging and exciting prospects in her category, Lalita has turned eyes with her power and agility inside the ring. Guided by sheer willpower and determination, the 18-year-old has already garnered a reputation as a lethal opponent.

Her tryst with boxing started after Lalita’s aunt and father inspired her to take up the sport and thereafter she went on to win many accolades. Lalita participated in a training camp-cum-tournament in Istanbul, Turkey in 2017 and won bronze before finishing at the top of the podium in the Golden Gloves Boxing tournament in Vojvodina, Serbia. The national Gold winner in 2017 also secured yellow metal for India at the prestigious Asian Youth Championship in Bangkok earlier in 2018. Now, Lalita’s focus is concentrated on the upcoming World Championships slated for later this year. A boxer in the welterweight category, the Rajasthan girl is undergoing specialized training to prepare herself for the mega-event.

Achievements:
2018: Golden Glove of Vojvodina Youth Men & Women Boxing Tournament; Serbia: Gold
2018: AIBA Asian Youth Championships; Bangkok: Gold
2017: Youth Women Nationals; Rohtak: Gold
2017: Ahmet Comert Boxing Championships; Istanbul, Turkey: Bronze

 

Niharika Gonella-75kg 

Niharikaprofile-1Date Of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Hyderabad
Style:
Orthodox

Intro: Daughter of a former national-level handball player and a current police officer, boxing runs in her blood. The 17-year-old’s elder sister Naganika is an established boxer herself and, together, the girls are breaking stereotypes

With a dream to represent the Indian tricolour at the international stage, the Telangana has worked tirelessly to make it happen. In 2015, it came true, when she won a silver at the AIBA Women’s Junior and Youth Boxing Championships in Taipei. A Usain Bolt fan, she showed her class in Istanbul last year, when she won a silver medal.

Achievements:

2018: Youth Women’s National; Rohtak: Gold
2017: 31st International Ahmet Comert Boxing Tournament; Istanbul: Silver
2016: 5th Nations Cup; Serbia: Silver
2015: AIBA Junior Women World Boxing Championship, Taipei: Silver

Astha Pawa (75 kg)

Date of Birth: 20-08-2000
Place of Birth: Saharanpur, UP
Stance: Orthodox

Intro: Asian Youth Championship bronze medalist in 2018, Astha Pawa has a rich repertoire of tricks up her sleeve along with a ferocious attitude. Starting with Wushu in her formative years, the 17-year-old made the leap to boxing when she joined the Sports Authority of India (Lucknow) in 2013. She went on to win the gold in the state championship that year. Since then, the boxing powerhouse has enjoyed an illustrious career, winning the gold and silver at 5th and 6th Nations Cup respectively, held at Serbia.  She had also won the gold the Youth Nationals at Rohtak in 2018.
Quarterfinalist at the World Championships last year in Guwahati, Astha was keen to break the jinx and better her performance, as she finished her 2018 AIBA World Women Championship campaign with a bronze medal in Hungary.
Achievements:

2018: AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Hungary: Bronze
2018: AIBA Asian Youth Championships; Bangkok: Bronze
2018: Youth Women Nationals; Rohtak: Gold
2017: AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Guwahati: QF
2017: 6th Golden Glove women’s Boxing Tournament; Vojvodina, Serbia: Silver
2016: 5th Nations Cup Boxing tournament; Serbia: Gold
2015: India Inter-University Boxing tournament; Rohtak: Gold
2014: State Boxing Championship; Ghaziabad: Gold

Sakshi Umesh Gaidhani (81 kg)

Date of Birth: 08-11-2000
Place of Birth: Akola, Maharashtra
Stance: Orthodox

Intro: Sakshi’s stint with the sport started when a boxing expo was held in her village. A sports lover since childhood, Sakshi found her escapade and she started boxing in 2014. With hard work being the second nature to the Maharashtra (Akola) girl, in no time she was graced with success. The 17-year-old won the gold in State Championship in 2015 and continued her sublime form to clinch the bronze at the nationals the same year. Sakshi, of late, won the nationals in her weight category and looks in top shape now, having won the bronze at the AIBA World Women Youth Championship in Hungary.

More ascertained from her Serbia tour, Sakshi is well aware that the road ahead will be tough but the youngster is confident of winning laurels for her nation.

Achievements:

2018: AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Hungary: Bronze
2018: Golden Glove of Vojvodina Youth Men and Women Tournament; Serbia: Bronze
2018: Youth Nationals; Rohtak: Gold
2015: Youth Women’s National Boxing Championship; Punjab: Bronze
2015: State Boxing Championship: Gold

Anupama, 81Kg

AnupamaprofileDate Of Birth: 13-02-1999
Place of Birth:
Palwal, Haryana
Style:
Orthodox

Intro: A healing medicine for the Haryana girl, Anupama initially resorted to boxing as a measure for anger management. Criticism and sarcastic barbs are thrown at her by the village folks were no deterrent as this young pugilist was determined to pursue the sport with stronger fervour, blessed with the imperative support of both her parents.

Anupama has four siblings, a brother and three sisters, one of who, only recently, decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps. A major fan of Olympian turned professional boxer and Indian boxing poster boy Vijender Singh, Anupama dreams of representing the country at the Olympics Coached by Rajeev Godara and Olympian Jai Bhagwan, the young pugilist has shown that there is no substitute for dedication and hard work if you are to achieve your goals. Four national golds and two international medals, a silver won at the Golden Gloves tournament in Serbia and a bronze in the Balkan tournament in Bulgaria, both coming in the present calendar year, 2017, goes to prove that Anupama is well on course to achieving her dream targets.
Achievements:

2017: AIBA Youth Women’s World Championship; Guwahati: Bronze
2017: Balkan Youth International Boxing Championship; Bulgaria: Bronze
2017: 6th Golden Glove women’s Boxing Tournament; Serbia: Silver 

Neha Yadav +81Kg

NehaprofileDate Of Birth: 06-01-2000
Place of Birth:
 Kaithal, Haryana
Style:
 Orthodox

Intro: It was more by accident than design that Neha got into boxing. It was just a physical activity in the initial years till the boxing bug got to her. Hailing from a farmer’s family background, putting in hard work was second nature to Neha. But it was the irreplaceable support of her father Rajpal that she pursued the sport with devotion. She comes from the stable of coach Rajender Singh who shaped the career of one of the nation’s champion boxer and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar. She has excelled under coach Rajender and achieved a plethora of accolades in her fledgeling two-and-a-half-year career.

Neha participated in a training camp-cum-tournament in Shymkent, Khazakstan in 2017 before picking bronze in the 6th Golden Gloves Boxing tournament in Vojvodina, Serbia. But her crowning glory came in Balkan Youth International Women’s Boxing Tournament in Bulgaria where she outfoxed her final opponent Juhasz Adrienn from Hungary who was far heavier than her. Bronze winner at the AIBA Youth World Championship, in Hungary this year and Guwahati last year, Neha now aspires to be the best in the business in the heavyweight category.
Achievements:

2018: AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Hungary: Bronze
2017: Balkan International Boxing Championship; Sofia, Bulgaria: Gold
2017: Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships; Guwahati: Bronze
2017: 6th Golden Glove women’s Boxing Tournament; Vojvodina, Serbia: Bronze