Famous Indian Boxers

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Mary Kom
(Indian Amateur Boxer and the Only Boxer to Win Eight World Championship Medals)
Mary Kom
Birthdate: March 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kangathei, Manipur, India
Indian boxing legend Mary Kom, known as “Magnificent Mary,” is the only female to win the World Amateur Boxing championship six times. She has won golds at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, and an Olympic bronze, too. The Padma Vibhushan-winner is also a Rajya Sabha member.
Vijender Singh
Birthdate: October 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kaluwas, Haryana, India

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.

Lovlina Borgohain
Birthdate: October 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Golaghat, Assam, India

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.

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Amit Panghal
Birthdate: October 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mayna, Rohtak, Haryana, India

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.

Iraa Agarwal
(Television actress)
Iraa Agarwal
Birthplace: India

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
Birthdate: February 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hisar, Haryana, India

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.

Shiva Thapa
Birthdate: December 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guwahati, Assam, India

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.

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Neeraj Goyat
Birthdate: November 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Begumpur, karnal, Haryana, India

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.

Dingko Singh
Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manipur, India
Died: June 10, 2021

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.

Laishram Sarita Devi
Birthdate: March 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thoubal khunou, Thoubal, Manipur, India

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.

Manoj Kumar
Birthdate: December 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rajound, Haryana, India

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.

Satish Kumar
Birthdate: May 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, India

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.

Saweety Boora
Birthdate: January 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hisar, Haryana, India

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.

Manish Kaushik
Birthdate: January 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Devsar, Bhiwani district, Haryana, India

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.

Ashish Kumar
Birthdate: July 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhanotu, Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh, India

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
Birthplace: Kanderi, Uttarakhand, India

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.

Nikhat Zareen
Birthdate: June 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nizamabad district, Andhra Pradesh, India

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.

Akhil Kumar
Birthdate: March 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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
Birthdate: October 6, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meghai Jarani Gaon, Assam, India

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.

Hawa Singh
Hawa Singh
Birthdate: December 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Umarwas, Haryana, India
Died: August 14, 2000

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.