The two-year AIBA ban on coach Blas Iglesias Fernandez and his subsequent departure for home will not affect Indian boxing much as the sport will move on, Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning pugilist Akhil Kumar asserted Tuesday.
The big names would be missing in action but more than 300 boxers would be vying for the top honours when the 60th National Championships are held here from Thursday after a gap of more than two years.
Comeback-man Akhil Kumar (60kg) pummelled his Nepalese rival Purna Bahadur Lama before notching up a Technical Knockout triumph while Shiva Thapa (56kg) merely had to show up to enter the second round as Indian boxers began their Asian Games campaign on a winning note here on Wednesday.
Ever heard of a teacher and a student appearing for the same exam? Well, come Asian Games, the boxing ring will present one such instance when the Indian duo of mentor Akhil Kumar and protege Mandeep Jangra fight it out for medals in their respective categories.
All but written off after a string of injuries wrecked havoc on his career four years ago, enigmatic boxer Akhil Kumar Wednesday staged a remarkable comeback to make the 10-member Indian men's team for the Asian Games scheduled to be held from September 19 in Incheon, Korea.
Back in the reckoning after an injury-forced sabbatical of nearly two years, 2006 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist boxer Akhil Kumar said his coaches and support staff helped him fight through the slow and painful grind of rehabilitation.
Laid low by several injury breakdowns, former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Indian boxer Akhil Kumar is all set to return to the ring with the All India Police Games starting on Monday in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
The selection of the Indian team for the World Boxing Championships has run into a controversy with three pugilists, including Arjuna awardee Dinesh Kumar, threatening to take the panel to court even as Olympian Akhil Kumar vowed to sue one of them for dragging his name into the furore.
Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Olympian Akhil Kumar`s Boxing Club and Fitness Society has run into trouble after the residents of the area, where the club is situated, filed complain against running commercial activities in the residential complex.
After putting up a strong fight against Italy`s Milano Thunder during its World Series Boxing (WSB) debut bout last week, Mumbai Fighters will next face Russian side Dynamo Moscow in their second Group A match on Friday in Perm, Russia.