The 2021 edition of the ASBC Asian Boxing Championship came to an end with a historic performance as two Indian pugilists, Sanjeet Kumar (91kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) clinched gold in their respective final showdown at the ASBC Asian Boxing Championship which was co-hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation last month in Dubai

Sanjeet Kumar (91kg) with his gold medal at ASBC Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai on Monday

Sanjeet created an upset, defeating Olympic Silver medalist, Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan in the finals with a split verdict of 3-2. Pooja Rani also won her second successive gold medal at the Championships as she outperformed by beating Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan in the finals in a unanimous verdict 5-0. Rani who has qualified for Olympics in the middleweight category had staged an upset in the semi-finals, as she defeated Mongolia’s Myagmarjargal Munkhbat in the semi-final.

Pooja Rani (75kg) with her gold medal at ASBC Asian Championships in Dubai on Sunday

“This has been a challenging year for all of us and despite all the uncertainties our boxers had to undergo, it is absolutely heartening to see them ending the Asian Championships campaign with 15 medals including 2 golds and some close decisions that of Amit Panghal and Mary Kom in the finals. Our boxers have yet again ensured a record-breaking feat and are extremely proud of each one of them,” BFI President Ajay Singh said.

Despite the travel ban, the Boxing Federation of India with the help of the Indian Embassy ensured the   Indian contingent’s travel to the desert nation so that they could participate in the Championships. This elite championship was the last tournament opportunity for the boxers ahead of the boxers.

He further added, “these performances I am sure will motivate all our boxers to put more efforts ahead of the Olympics and help realise the Mission 2021 by winning medals in Tokyo.”

The Indian boxing contingent comprising of 19 players this year have returned with 15 medals comprising two golds, five silvers, and eight bronzes, as compared to the 13 medals (2 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze) that was won in the 2019 edition.