Two of India's rising boxers -- Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) and Gaurav Bhiduri (52kg) -- would be seen in action in the professional-style World Series of Boxing after grabbing two-year contracts with the franchises of Poland and Italy on Wednesday.
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) entered the prequarters after getting a walkover but Manoj Kumar (64kg) bowed out with an opening round loss on a mixed day for Indian boxers at the Asian Games here today.
Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar was the biggest mover as he broke into the top-10 at sixth but rising star L Devendro Singh was the best-placed Indian at second in the latest International Boxing Association (AIBA) rankings here.
Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar and rising star L Devendro Singh are the prominent faces in an inexperienced 10-member Indian boxing team which left Tuesday to compete in the FXTM International Limassol Boxing Cup in Cyprus from May 16 to 19.
Medals eluded them but not the spotlight as the Indian men`s boxing team shared the dais with London Olympics bronze-winning woman pugilist M C Mary Kom at a felicitation function organised by sponsors Monnet Group here today.
They didn`t strike gold but it was mission accomplished for India`s Olympics-bound male boxers during the training-cum-competition trip to Kazakhstan as national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu said the primary task of identifying weaknesses was completed ahead of the big event.
Having modelled the aggressive style of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to claim an Olympic berth, Indian boxer L Devendro Singh knows curbing those attacking instincts is the only way to achieve his dream of a medal at the London Games.
Four Indian boxers – Manoj Kumar, L Devendro Singh, Jai Bhagwan and Vikas Krishan – who have already qualified for the London Olympics, expressed confidence of bagging medals at the forthcoming sporting extravaganza.