Vijender slips in latest AIBA rankings
New Delhi: Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh on Friday slipped from the top spot in the world rankings, ending up eighth in the latest list but the Olympic bronze-medallist still remains the best-placed from the country across all weight categories.
The middle-weight boxer, who is currently in New York for the World Police and Fire Games, has 700 points, courtesy the historic bronze medal he won at the 2009 World Championships.
The 25-year-old, who took the top spot in the rankings soon after his Olympic bronze in 2008, has lost it to arch-rival Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan.
Atoev has 1200 points due to the gold he won at the 2009 World Championships, during which he beat Vijender in the semifinals.
The drop in Vijender`s ranking can also be attributed to his decision of skipping the Asian Championships this year which is an International Boxing Association (AIBA) rankings points event.
In other weight categories, Amandeep Singh was ranked 11th in light fly weight (49kg) with 600 points that he notched up after winning the silver medal at the Asian Championships.
In the bantam weight 56kg division, Shiva Thapa has risen to 11th with 600 points that he earned after clinching a silver at the Youth World Championships last year.
While the 19-year-old has risen in ranks, the experienced Akhil Kumar`s name was missing from the bantam weight list altogether due to his first-round exit from the 2009 World Championships and the no-show at the Asian Championships this year.
India had no representation in the fly weight 52 kg division despite having an immensely successful boxer in Suranjoy Singh as he did not deliver a medal at the 2009 World Championships and skipped the Asian Championships this year.
In the welter weight 69kg division, Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan was ranked 17th with 600 points that came due to his gold medal at the Youth World Championships last year.
In the same division, Vijender`s cousin Balwinder Beniwal and Mandeep Jangra were ranked 20th and 45th respectively.
Asian Games silver medallist Dinesh Kumar was 12th in the light weight 81kg division with 650 points, while Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paramjeet Samota took the 34th spot in the super heavy weight +91kg division.
The rankings have been updated based on all competition results from the past two years` AIBA ranking events, changes of some boxers` weight categories, retirements of boxers, etc.
As a result, AIBA will hold its Seeding Commission meeting on September 2 in order to develop the seeding guidelines for both the World Championships in Baku next month and the London 2012 Olympic Games.