With the National Games all set to kick start from the 31st of January, Sports Rediscovered takes a look at 2014’s Top 5 Boxing Events.
2014 was an interesting and memorable year for Indian Boxing with several medals and some unprecedented events. From AIBA’s recognition of Boxing India to IOA’s refusal to recognize Boxing India, Indian boxing explored all the crests and troughs imaginable in 2014.
While Mary Kom won a gold at the Asian Games, which is a first for an Indian woman, Sarita Devi’s had to take the long and hard road in her quest for justice.
In 2014, Indian young boxers shone in the limelight.
Shamjetsabam Sarjubala of Manipur and Sweety Boora of Haryana won a silver at the 8th AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Jeju. From being previously unranked, they made their way into the top-3 on the AIBA rankings chart in their respective categories.
On the men’s front, Gaurav Bidhuri and Devendro Singh also gave us good news to report, by winning full season contracts of the World Boxing Series.
1. AIBA Grants Full Membership to Boxing India (BI):
As a major relief for boxers who had been in limbo since Indian Amateur Boxing Federation’s (IABF) suspension in December of 2012, Boxing India was granted provisional membership by the sport’s governing body AIBA. The decision came just a few days before the Incheon Asian Games. The decision enabled boxers to represent India instead of being forced to participate as Individuals due to the suspension of IABF.
Also towards the end of the year, at the 8th AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, AIBA decided to make Boxing India one of its permanent members at its quadrennial congress in Jeju Islands, Korea.
She’s a mother of three and while the rest of the boxing world would count that to her disadvantage, Mary seems set to climb new heights. This year, she became the first Indian woman to ever win an Asian Games Gold Medal.
Mary beat Korea’s Kim Ye-Ji in the first round. After that she beat Chinese champion Si Haijuan in the Quarter-final and ousted Vietnamese Le Thi Bang in the semi final to set up a final clash with Kazakh boxer Zhaina Shekerbekova. In what was supposed to be an equal match up, Mary Kom intimidated Zhaina with her fierce punching style.
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