Manish Kaushik defeated star Shiva Thapa at the Indian National Elite Championships
The Indian National Boxing Championships for the elite men boxers was held in the city of Vishakapatnam where the competition delivered several big sensations. India’s young promising hopes as Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympian Shyam Kumar Kakara, Manish Kaushik, Dheeraj Kumar and Naman Tanwar won their weight classes in Vishakapatnam.
The number of the boxers was 311 in the Indian National Boxing Championships which shows the big potential of the country in our sport. India achieved a sensational bronze medal in the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and their best male elite talents were successful also the Tashkent 2017 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships.
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympian Shyam Kumar Kakara is India’s best light flyweight (49kg) boxer who showed all of his potential in the National Championships. The 21-year-old talent eliminated one of his main rival, Vipin Kumar and following that success he was too strong for Lal Biak Kima in the gold medal bout.
Salman Shekh is a new face in India’s boxing life who eliminated Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympian Gaurav Solanki in the preliminary stage of the competition. Following that he was able to beat national team member Laldinmawia in the final of the flyweight (52kg) while Commonwealth Games silver medallist Laishram Devendro Singh lost his preliminary bout surprisingly in Vishakapatnam.
In the absence of Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri anther boxer who moved up from the flyweight (52kg), achieved the title of the bantamweight (56kg). Madan Lal is also an experienced boxer in this category and he was able to do his very best against Santosh Harijan in the title contest.
Former ASBC Asian Champion and two-time Olympian Shiva Thapa achieved silver in the Tashkent 2017 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships but he was not able to win the title of the lightweight (60kg) in Vishakapatnam. Manish Kaushik, who had great junior and youth career previously, defeated ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Ankush Dahiya and India’s star Shiva Thapa in the national events causing big sensations with his successes.
Dheeraj Kumar moved up to the light welterweight (64kg) in the recent months and he used up all of his international experiences in Vishakapatnam. He eliminated India’s top teenage hope Ankit Khatana and walked over to the title against Basant Thapa. The 23-year-old boxer proved he is among India’s bests and has got great potential for 2018.
India’s Commonwealth Games winner and two-time Olympian veteran Manoj Kumar did enough in the final of the welterweight (69kg) against Duryodhan Singh and won his next national title. Mandeep Jangra moved up to the middleweight (75kg) and the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist talent defeated all of his rivals including Venhlimpuia in the final.
Manish Panwar was in the Top8 at the Tashkent 2017 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships but he lost his Box-off and could not qualify for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The 24-year-old Indian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer eliminated Brijesh Yadav in the semi-final and walked over to the title against Neel Kamal Singh who was unable to box in the title contest.
AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Naman Tanwar won his first ever national elite title after beating Varinder Kumar at the heavyweight (91kg). India’s two best boxers at the super heavyweight (+91kg), Satish Kumar and Parveen Kumar met for the title in the final. This time AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Satish Kumar won their top contest in Vishakapatnam.
List of the winners in the Indian National Championships
49kg: Shyam Kumar Kakara
52kg: Salman Shekh
56kg: Madan Lal
60kg: Manish Kaushik
64kg: Dheeraj Kumar
69kg: Manoj Kumar
75kg: Mandeep Jangra
81kg: Manish Panwar
91kg: Naman Tanwar
+91kg: Satish Kumar