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Shiva Thapa is set for his first World Series of Boxing in US

11:12 AM
Young Indian Gorkha boxer Shiva Thapa is set for his first bout in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) with team USA Knockouts after he was granted American visa to reach Miami in time for the Jan 17 tie against Ukraine Otamans. Sumit Sangwan, however, is yet to get his visa. The two are the only Indians to sign with a foreign franchise in the semi-professional competition.
Shiva Thapa is set for his first World Series of Boxing
Shiva Thapa is set for his first World Series of Boxing

"Shiva got his visa three days ago. He will be leaving for Miami day after. Sumit will be appearing for his visa interview Monday and we are hoping he too gets it soon," Maneesh Bahuguna, their manager and CEO of Anglian Medal Hunt, told IANS.

Thapa faces World Championship bronze medallist Mykola Butsenko in the 56kg category and it will be interesting to see how he fares bare-chested and without headgear.

A total of five bouts of three minutes each will take place in round six of the tournament.

Thapa's career has been on the rise after he became the youngest Indian to win a gold at the Asian Championships. He achieved the feat last year in Amman, Jordan. The Guwahati-based boxer was one of the youngest to qualify for the London Olympics.

In October, both Thapa and Sangwan made the quarters of the World Championships in Azerbaijan.

Sangwan has been signed to compete in the 81kg category. 


Shiva Thapa an Indian Gorkha Boxer is all pumped up for next year

11:06 AM
During the off-season, when most of the boxers relax their body and mind in the confines of their homes, Shiva Thapa is usually a busy man. The 20-year-old boxer from Guwahati is at NIS, Patiala, chiseling the rough edges, assessing the year that flew by and strategising future encounters. For, being one of the most successful young pugilists the focus has slowly but surely shifted to him.

Shiva Thapa Indian Gorkha Boxer
Shiva Thapa an Indian Gorkha Boxer
Gone are the days of Akhils and Suranjoys; Beijing Olympic medallist Vijender Singh is the sole survivor of that generation trading punches for a piece of metal. Shiva Thapa, Devendro Singh, Mandeep Jangra are some of the pugilists who have hogged the limelight this year. Of the lot, Shiva has shown promise when he struck gold, youngest and third Indian to do so, at the Asian Championships.

If the boxing officials have pegged India back in the performance ladder, it is Thapa and Co’s stellar efforts on the international circuit that brought cheer to Indian boxing. Entering only his third season as a senior, Thapa has already become a household name. He has to his credit, some achievements which a boxer can only dream of at the start of the career. From being the youngest to represent India at the London Olympics to the youngest gold medalist at the Asian Boxing Championships, he has seen it all.

But Thapa is not letting all the success and adulation get to his head. “After a week’s rest at home I’m back in training to iron out the glitches in my technique. This is the right time to analyse my performance and work hard to get better. Sometimes, excess of rest can lead to a downfall in your performance. I do not want that to happen and want to be on the top of my game when I represent the country.”

Always touted as the next big thing in Indian boxing, Thapa is not content with whatever ‘little’ success that has come his way. His gung-ho attitude and aggression in the boxing ring has made him one of the fiercest competitors in his category. Also, with his remarkable consistency in the ring, he is now ranked No. 3 in the world.

“All in all, it was a good year for me. It could have been better had I won the World Championships in Almaty. I was hoping for a gold but lost my quarterfinal bout to the eventual winner. This just shows there is still a lot of scope for improvement,” admits Thapa. Asked whether playing without the headguard was a factor in his World Championship loss, he replied in the affirmative. “This was the first time we were playing without the guard, so I was a bit more cautious. But I have learnt from my mistakes and would try not to repeat them.”

But all that is over now. Thapa is all pumped up for the next year, bracing to spin more success stories. “I have my goals set for 2014. I would like to get gold in Asian and the Commonwealth games and am working very hard for it,” he sums up. He is young and has only started to spread his wings. With Commonwealth and Asian Games challenges staring at him, Thapa is ready to fly.

Source : newindianexpress

Indian Gorkha girl enters semi final in AIBA Women's Junior World Boxing Championships

11:04 PM
Asha Roka, 14, powered through to the semifinals of the AIBA Women's Junior World Boxing Championships after defeating Malika Abdi from Algeria in Albena, Bulgaria on Wednesday.

Asha Roka - Indian Gorkha boxer
Asha Roka - Indian Gorkha boxer girl.
The reigning national champion was the first Indian to make it to the penultimate round of the championship, after seven other Indian boxers including three from the junior group and four from youth section -- secured their place in the quarterfinals of the event.

Roka, a gold medalist at the 2nd Nations Cup, an international boxing tournament in Zrenjanun, Serbia takes on Assyl Askarova from Kazakhstan in the semifinals.

The Algerian boxer threw some good straight punches in the beginning of the bout, but Asha came back strongly giving a good account of her boxing skills to edge past Abdi in a brilliant fashion.

Earlier in the women's Junior World Championship, Gargi (50kg), Likhitha Battini (52kg) and Siwi (60kg) cemented their places in the quarterfinals of the event. All three junior boxers put up a stunning performance to beat their respective opponents.

Gargi, a silver medalist at the 2nd Nations Cup, needed only one round to upstage the lone Maldivian boxer in the competition as she won by a technical knockout (TKO). The 16-year-old plays Ebonie Jones from England in quarter-finals.

Likhitha, too, got rid of Uzbek boxer Azizabonu Mamirova by virtue of a TKO. She will fight against Santiana Meurant of France for a place in the semi-finals.

In the light weight division, Siwi displayed great potential in her first international tournament as she beat Uuriintuya Gantulga of Mongolia in a hard fought contest. The 14-year-old eventually won the bout by a split decision. Her next opponent is Esra Yildiz from Turkey.

Indian women boxers also made headway in the youth group as well.

Reigning junior world champions Lalenkawli (48kg) and Nikhat Zareen (54kg) made it to the quarterfinals after dominating performances in their respective bouts.

Lalenkawli, a feisty and upcoming boxer from Mizoram, took on some solid attacking from Kristina Elizabeth O'Hara from Ireland. But the 18-year-old Indian was up to the task as she soon put O'Hara on the backfoot by her incessant flurry of right and left jabs. She went on claim the quarter-final spot with a win on a unanimous decision.

Zareen also won with a unanimous decision against Romanian Mera Ioana-Lavinia.

Lalenkawli will stake a claim for a semi-final against Venelina Valentinova Poptoleva from Bulgari, while Zareen is up against Italian Desire Galli.

Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and Shashi Kala (64kg) too won their pre-quarter final bouts to march into the round of eight. Kaur now takes on Justine Moerl from Germany while Shashi is slated to fight against Airiken Subinuer of China.

Mary Kom's gallbladder surgery successful

12:29 AM
Imphal: Five-time World Boxing champion and London Olympics bronze medallist, MC Mary Kom, underwent a surgery for removal of gallbladder stones on Tuesday.

Mary Kom
Mary Kom
The keyhole surgery took place at a private hospital, Shija Hospitals and Research Institute (SHRI), in Imphal, the capital of Manipur.

A team of doctors, headed by Dr Sorokhaibam Jugindra, Medical Superintendent of SHRI, conducted the surgery lasting about an hour where they successfully removed 26 stones from the boxer’s gallbladder.

“Mary is fine now. We took about an hour to complete the operation. A total of 26 stones were successfully removed from her gallbladder,” said Dr Sorokhaibam Jugindra.

He also said that the 30-year old boxer will recuperate in four days and the surgery will not weaken her.

Mary, the mother of three, was brought to Shija Hospitals and Research Institute for a health check-up after she had complaint of pain in her upper abdomen. Following this she was asked to undergo a test at Babina Diagnostic and Research Centre where she was diagnosed with stones in the gallbladder.

Source : Zee  news

17 stampede and killed in Indonesia boxing match

7:11 PM
Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) -- At least 17 people were killed in a stampede when a riot broke out at a boxing match in eastern Indonesia, police said Monday.
17 stampede and killed in Indonesia boxing match
17 stampede and killed in Indonesia boxing match 

The riot started just before midnight Sunday when supporters of the winning boxer taunted the loser's supporters, prompting opposing fans to throw chairs and start fights.
Spectators trying to flee trampled on each other, said Papua provincial police spokesman Gede Sumerta.

Police brought in 13 people for questioning. However, no charges were immediately filed.
Hendrik Andoi, head of the Nabire Amateur Boxing Association, said Sunday was the final night of a weeklong tournament for regional boxers.
The arena seats 1,000. But ticket sellers had oversold tickets. Some 1,500 spectators were packed inside, he said.

When the fight broke out, the crowd tried to run outside through the only door that was open -- the main front entrance -- leading to the stampede, he said.

Shiva Thapa wins a gold at the Asian Boxing Championships

11:19 PM
As Shiva Thapa was given a hero's welcome here on his arrival today after winning a gold at the Asian Boxing Championships in Amman, the teen pugilist gave credit to his coach and support staff for his success.
Shiva Thapa
Shiva Thapa

The 19-year-old boxer was received at the Lokopriaya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here by his friends, family members, members of boxing associations and various social organisations.

Talking to reporters at the airport, Shiva said, "I am feeling good at my achievement. It was a very rewarding win for me. I have been training hard to make sure that I perform to the best of my ability. The Indian team also gave a good performance at the Championship.

"I do a lot of meditation and concentrate on my training. The hard work has become my habit and my coach and support staff deserve credit for where I'm right now. No one is born with exceptional qualities and only hard work can make that possible."

Shiva said he would be at home with his family for a few days before going to Patiala for training for the World Boxing Championship and Rio Olympics.

Shiva, in the 56kg category, defeated local favourite Obada Alkabeh in the final on a split decision of 2-1 after fighting out a tactically superior bout.

Meanwhile, the All Assam Students Union (AASU), Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Gorkha Students' Union and various other civil organisations greeted Shiva with flowers, 'gamosa' (scarfs) and 'japi' (Assamese decorative bamboo hat).

Singers and musicians led him to a truck that brought him from the airport to his home in a procession.

His gold medal at the premier continental event on Sunday was his first major achievement after winning medals in the Youth Olympics and World Youth events, besides participating in the London Olympics.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has congratulated the state boxer for becoming the youngest pugilist from the country to clinch a gold medal in Jordan. 
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