Inside the ring, the men and women who mattered gave their blood, sweat and tears to conquer adversity with elan but outside, sparring for power continued to cast a shadow on Indian boxing in a year which was sparkling in parts but also blighted by some unsavoury controversies.
After clinching an elusive gold medal at the Asian Games in Incheon, star woman boxer M C Mary Kom is confident of getting back into the ring next year by recovering from her current injuries and qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Star Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom on Thursday received Rs 5 lakh for setting up a boxing academy in her native state of Manipur from a private insurance company through its initiative "Need for Champions".
Pinki Rani replaced an injured M C Mary Kom, while Priyanka Choudhary came in for the suspended Sarita Dev in the Indian squad announced on Saturday for the Women's World Boxing Championships to be held at Jeju, South Korea from November 13 to 25.
Olympic bronze medallist boxer M C Mary Kom came out in support of the controversial pregnancy tests conducted by Sports Authority of India on World Championships-bound women pugilists, saying that it was good for the safety of the players.
Floored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's informal demeanour and a "motivating speech", India's Asian Games medallists could not stop gushing about the leader after a breakfast meeting with him here on Tuesday.
She understands the emotion behind L Sarita Devi's tearful protest on the Asian Games podium but M C Mary Kom, who became the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold at the mega-event, said faced with a similar crisis, she would have shown dissent differently.
Smiling ear to ear after becoming the first Indian woman boxer to clinch an Asian Games gold, M C Mary Kom on Saturday hoped that her historic feat would silence detractors who have questioned her ability to remain at the top.
M C Mary Kom added another feather to her already well-adorned cap, becoming the first Indian woman boxer to clinch a gold medal in the Asian Games after a coming-from-behind win over Kazakhstan's Zhaina Shekerbekova in the flyweight final here on Wednesday.
India's L Sarita Devi (60kg) was robbed of a sure place in the women's 60kg boxing final when the verdict went in favour of her South Korean rival Jina Park in a bout the Indian dominated, after her senior teammate M C Mary Kom stormed into the gold medal round in the 51kg class at the Asian Games here.
Controversy hit the Asian Games boxing competition after India's L Sarita Devi (60kg) had to settle for a bronze medal despite dominating her semifinal bout even as M C Mary Kom (51kg) continued her winning run to enter the summit clash of the mega-event here on Tuesday.
Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom led the charge as Indian women boxers packed a powerful punch by assuring themselves of medals in each of the three weight categories at the 17th Asian Games, here on Sunday.
Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom set her Asian Games campaign rolling in style as she out-punched Korea's Kim Yeji to enter the quarterfinals along with two other Indian women boxers here on Saturday.
She ousted none other than Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom to make the Commonwealth Games-bound Indian team but far from revelling in the new-found attention, Pinki Jangra says she has begun to feel the pressure of delivering a medal after her giant-slaying act in the trials.
In a stunning turn of events, five-time World Champion and Olympic bronze-medalist M C Mary Kom was today left out of the three-member Indian women`s boxing squad for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3.
She has pulled herself up for a second time targeting another first for an Indian woman boxer but as Olympic bronze-medalist M C Mary Kom gears up for the Commonwealth Games, the five-time world champion says the thought of quitting has crossed her mind several times.
Star boxer M C Mary Kom on Thursday denied supporting Congress leader Ajay Maken`s candidature in the forthcoming general elections, saying her comments about the former Sports Minister were "not political at all".
Olympic bronze medallist boxer M C Mary Kom and international para-athlete Deepa Malik were among India`s 25 most inspirational women to be felicitated today by Limca Book of Records, which completed its silver jubilee by dedicating the 25th edition to the cause of empowering women.