Unwilling to be caught in the tug of war between the Indian Olympic Association and Boxing India, rising Indian pugilist Sumit Sangwan on Saturday asserted that his pullout from the National Games here was caused by fitness issues and not the threat of a ban from BI.
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.
Sumit Sangwan began his campaign at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with a comfortable 3-0 win over Mohammed Hakimu Fumu as the Indian pugilist reached the quarterfinals of the Men`s Light Heavy 81kg category, here Sunday.
Day 4 of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games has 24 gold medals to win with athletics competitions commencing. After a productive day 3, India will continue the medal hunt in events as varied as badminton, shooting, table tennis and weightlifting.
Indian boxers will return empty-handed from the World Championships for the first time in four years after none of the five quarterfinalists managed to make the semifinal of the biennial mega-event, here on Wednesday.
Olympian Sumit Sangwan (81kg) and Vikash Malik (60kg) fought through intense bouts to enter the pre-quarterfinals but Mandeep Jangra (69kg) bowed out after a stiff second-round contest on a mixed day for India in the World Boxing Championships here on Sunday.
National boxing coach Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu is all praise for the country`s young pugilists who made their Olympic debut here, saying that their gritty performance has shown that Indian boxing has a bright future ahead of it.
India`s protest against the controversial opening-round loss of boxer Sumit Sangwan (81kg) yesterday in the Olympic Games has been rejected by the jury that reviewed his bout against Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino here.
India lodged an official complaint with the organisers of the London Olympics after boxer Sumit Sangwan's controversial loss to Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino in the round of 32 in the 81 kg category here Monday.
The Olympic-bound trio of teen Indian boxers spent their formative years under his guidance but national youth coach G Manoharan remains an unsung hero and has been consistently ignored for the Dronacharya award despite being recommended five times by the federation.
Following a brilliant show at the AIBA Asian Olympic Qualifying Event in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Indian men`s boxing team returned home on Saturday. The pugilists created a record as seven of them qualified for 2012 London Olympics.