Indian Boxing is traversing the path to stardom with acclamation and awards at the continental and the world level. Since Vijender Singh won India a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, there has been a spur of athletes who have chosen the sport as a career and put India in a good position.
India still has a long way to go in world boxing, and needs more support from the fans, especially after Indian Boxing’s golden boy Vijender Singh decided to turn pro earlier this year. It opens new doors for future generation of pugilists in the country.
Indian pugilists have won a lot of fame over the years. Here we look at some of the glories that have been given to us by them.
World Boxing Championship
The 2015 edition of the World Championships is currently in progress at Doha, Qatar with a few of Indian pugilists qualifying to the pre-quarters of the competition. India’s performance at the World’s has been decent, with Vijender Singh winning the first bronze for the country back in 2009, while Vikas Krishan Yadav followed with another bronze in the 2011 edition.
Vikas Krishan, Satish Kumar and Shiva Thapa have a chance to increase the tally this year. The Indian Boxing faithfuls would hope to win silver and gold medals during the competition this year.
India has been a long-time achiever at the Asian Games, with medals at almost every Asian Games since the introduction of the sport in the competition. In total, India has won more than 50 medals to its name at the Asian Games.
Speaking about the most successful Indians at the Asian Games, the name Hawa Singh comes first. He won a gold medal each in the 1966 and 1970 Asian Games, a feat unmatched by any other Indian till now.
Indian pugilists have won their fair-share of laurels at the Commonwealth Games. Not as many as the Asian Games but definitely a higher number than the Olympics and World Championships combined. India is ranked 12th on the all time list of medal winners at the Commonwealth Games. Wales has more medals than India if you go by the number at 37, compared to India’s 28. However, India leads ahead with five gold medals against them.
With the boxing uprise in the country, India should soon be able to crack the top 10 in the list.
Indian Boxing in Olympics
Golden boy Vijender Singh is by far the only Indian man to have won a medal at the Olympics in Boxing. However, woman boxer MC Mary Kom won an Olympic bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.
At the next year’s Rio Olympics Indian pugilists would look to increase the number by a few.