20 October, 2020

These Indian Women Boxers Pack A Mean Punch

Indian boxers are a sight to behold in the Women’s World Championships. These four will go the farthest.

These Indian Women Boxers Pack A Mean Punch

The ascent of Indian women to the topmost echelons of world spo­­rts as potent threats to the old elite—stealing a medal here, causing an upset there, the occasional world record—is pow­­­ered as much by boxing as any other sport. This was borne out at the ongoing AIBA Women’s World Championships in New Delhi (Nov 15-24), where eight of the 10 Indian boxers, including the totemic M.C. Mary Kom, punched their way to the upper reaches of the tournament. That shows the class of Indians in the ring. Four of the eight pugilists stand out and have a bright fut­ure: Simranjit Kaur Baath (light welterweight, 64kg), Sonia Chahal (featherweight, 57kg), Man­­i­­sha Moun (bantamweight, 54kg), and Lovlina Bor­­gohain (welterweight, 69kg). The fearless foursome pack a mean punch.  

A common thread  running through them is that all four come from villages—of Punjab, Haryana and Assam—where...



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