Indian star boxer Vijender Singh has won several medals for his country, including a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The son of a bus driver, he had started training in boxing to improve his family’s financial condition. He had an unbeaten run till he eventually lost to Russia’s Artysh Lopsan in 2021.
Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain was born into a poor family in Assam and was initially interested in Muay Thai. The Arjuna Award winner made waves after winning a bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She has also won medals at the Asian Championship and the World Championship.
The son of a Haryana farmer, Indian boxer Amit Panghal has won many medals for his country, including a gold at the Asian Games and a silver at the World Championship. He also has three Asian Championship medals in his kitty. He also qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Tamil actor and model Iraa Agarwal first gained fame after winning the Miss South India title in 2015. She has also appeared in significant roles on the shows Kadaikutty Singam and Rajamagal and been part of the movie Kattu Paya Sir Intha Kaali. She is also an international gold-medal-winning boxer.
Vikas Krishan Yadav had started boxing at 10 and has won a gold medal each in both the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games. He also qualified for the Olympics thrice, a feat achieved only by Vijender Singh in Indian boxing before him. He is also a DSP in Haryana Police.
At the 2012 London Olympics, Shiva Thapa was the youngest boxer from India to participate in an Olympic event. The son of a karate teacher, he has also won several Asian Championship medals, including a gold at the 2013 Amman games, the youngest to achieve the feat.
The first from his country to make it to the WBC world rankings, Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat was initially interested in athletics but later switched to boxing. The three-time WBC Asia champion has also appeared as a boxer in the Hindi film Toofan starring Farhan Akhtar.
Padma Shri- and Arjuna Award-winning legendary Indian boxer Dingko Singh was born into a poor family in a Manipur village and was raised in an orphanage. He is best remembered for his Asian Games gold win in 1998. He died after a long struggle with liver cancer at age 42.
The daughter of a farmer in Manipur, India, Laishram Sarita Devi trained in boxing in between helping her parents on their farm. After losing her father at 13, she became determined to make sports her career path. The Arjuna Award winner is also a boxing world champion.
Apart from winning 2 Commonwealth medals, including a gold, Indian boxer Manoj Kumar has also won a host of other medals, such as 2 Asian Championship medals. Born to an army official in a remote village in Haryana, he was initially interested in athletics but later switched to boxing.
Indian boxer and army officer Satish Kumar is best known for his bronze medal win at the 2014 Asian Games. The Arjuna Award winner was born to a farmer from Bulandshahr and was encouraged to take up boxing for his 6’2” frame. He is also the first Indian super heavyweight Olympian.
AIBA World Boxing Champion Saweety Boora initially played state-level kabaddi, before being pushed into boxing by her father, who was himself a state-level basketball player. Of her countless medals are 2 Asian Championship golds. She considered quitting sports after missing the Olympic qualifiers in 2020 and is now gearing up for 2024.
Indian Army officer Manish Kaushik was born to a farmer in a remote village in Haryana and had decided to train in boxing to support his family someday. He ended up winning a Commonwealth silver and a World Championship bronze. He made his first Olympic appearance in the Tokyo 2020 games.
National Games gold-winning boxer Ashish Kumar also has an Asian Games silver medal in his kitty. Born to a Himachal farmer who was also a national-level kabaddi player, he was no stranger to sports. The Parshuram Award winner missed the Boxam International final in Spain due to his COVID diagnosis.
Murlikant Petkar created history by becoming India’s first Paralympic gold medal winner. The Padma Shri-winning swimmer was initially an army man and boxer but became a paraplegic after an attack during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War. Apart from swimming, he was also skilled in other sports such as table tennis and javelin.
Born in Telangana in India, Nikhat Zareen is a boxing prodigy who has already won an Asian Championship medal before the age of 25, in spite of facing gender stereotypes. She is also an AIBA Junior World Champion and has already bagged endorsement deals with brands such as Adidas.
Apart from winning a gold at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Indian boxer Akhil Kumar has also won a bronze at the 2007 Ulan Bator Asian Championships. The Arjuna Award winner also serves a deputy superintendent of Haryana Police has also represented Indian in the Olympics.
Ankushita Boro hails from a remote tribal village in Assam but has already created ripples in the sports arena with her AIBA World Championship gold medal. She was 12 when she was fascinated by boxing gear and this encouraged by her family to take up the sport.
Indian Army captain Hawa Singh was a legendary Indian boxer who is remembered for his two Asian Games gold medals in the heavyweight category. He also created history by winning the National Championship 11 times consecutively. He also coached legends such as Vijender Singh but died shortly before receiving the Dronacharya Award.