Deepak, Shiva Thapa and Sanjeet are the most experienced boxers in the Indian national team which will compete in Belgrade

The Indian boxers are ready to prove their skills in the upcoming AIBA World Boxing Championships which will be opening in Belgrade soon. Deepak Kumar (51kg), Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) are their most experienced boxers currently but the team contains high number of young U22 talents.

Their selection competition, the Indian Men’s Elite National Championships was held in the city of Bellary and their new generation of talents shined in the competition. All of the winners received the right to attend in the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Serbia’s capital and some of them will be making debut in such a big event.

India qualified together with the girls eleven boxers to the Tokyo Olympic Games but their male team could not get any medal in Japan. Their Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik achieved silver and bronze medals in the last edition of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg two years ago. India never claimed any gold medals in the history of the event yet but their boxers have got the strong potential to do breakthrough in the upcoming championship.  

Govind Kumar Sahani eliminated his main rivals as Selay Soy, Youth National Champion Barun Singh Shagolshem and Kuldeep Kumar in the National Championships therefore he can represent Team India at the light flyweight (48kg). SSCB’s Deepak Kumar was silver medallist at the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Bangkok and will attend at the flyweight (51kg) with strong medal expectations.

AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships competitor Akash Sangwan will represent India at the bantamweight (54kg), while a 20-year-old talent, newly crowned National Champion Rohit Mor can attend at the featherweight (57kg) in Belgrade following he defeated Commonwealth Games bronze medallist experienced Mohammed Hussamuddin. ASBC Asian Boxing Championships bronze medallist Varinder Singh will be India’s boxer at the lightweight (60kg.

Five-time ASBC Asian Boxing Championships medallist, AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist and two-time Olympian Shiva Thapa is the most experienced team member in Belgrade with also strong expectations. The welterweight (67kg) will see a young Indian, Akash, who competed at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and moved up to this weight category.

Another debutant in the elite national team will be Nishant Dev at the light middleweight (71kg) who has done a lot of surprises in the National Championships. The 19-year-old Sumit attended at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and quickly involved to the elite national team in the middleweight (75kg). Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event quarter-finalist Sachin Kumar can compete at the light heavyweight (80kg).

Former Youth National Champion Lakshya Chahar can compete for India at the cruiserweight (86kg). India’s next top weapon will be Sanjeet who was quarter-finalist at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships and he claimed a surprise gold medal at the Dubai 2021 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships. SSCB’s former AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Narender Berwal will have the chance to compete at the super heavyweight (+91kg).

The list of the Indian boxers at the AIBA World Boxing Championships
48kg: Govind Kumar Sahani
51kg: Deepak Kumar
54kg: Akash Sangwan
57kg: Rohit Mor
60kg: Varinder Singh
63.5kg: Shiva Thapa
67kg: Akash
71kg: Nishant Dev
75kg: Sumit
80kg: Sachin Kumar
86kg: Lakshya Chahar
92kg: Sanjeet
+92kg: Narender Berwal

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