Category: Boxing

Maratha Yoddhas emerge as the Champions of Super Boxing League

New Delhi, 12 August 2017: A star-studded final match of the inaugural season of Super Boxing League saw Maratha Yoddhas being crowned as the champions after they defeated Haryana Warriors by a score line of 10-9 in a nail-biting finish here at the Siri Fort Squash & Badminton Stadium.

 

It was Maratha Yoddhas who started the final fight night on the front-foot as they won the first two bouts through Sandeep Singh and Andy Chuaua in their respective categories to give their team a 6-0 lead as Mumbai Assassins’ owner Sohail Khan, Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan, singer Kanika Kapoor and director, producer Anurag Kashyap witnessed the action. However, to the delight of Haryana Warriors’ owner Sonu Sood, who was also cheering his side on, it was Suman Kumari, Sandeep Nain and Sukhdeep Singh who won their respective bouts to take a 9-6 lead after five bouts. The turning point of the match was in the last bout when Sandeep Chhikara won by a Technical Knock Out to win the league for his team, Maratha Yoddhas.

 

The first bout of the night was between debutant Sandeep Singh from the Maratha Yoddhas and Naveen Nehra from the Haryana Warriors in the Feather Weight category. It was Sandeep Singh who hit some great moves and combinations on Nehra to steal the victory by Unanimous Decision and give his side a 3-0 lead.

 

In the second bout of the night, it was up to Haryana Warriors’ Parmod Kumar to cut down the lead for his team as he faced Andy Chuaua from the Maratha Yoddhas in the Welter Weight category. However, the Warriors’ man could not succeed in his ambition as Andy Chuaua was awarded the victory by Split Decision after four Rounds. It meant that the Maratha Yoddhas extended their lead to 6 points.

 

In the third bout of the night, it was Haryana Warriors’ Suman Kumari who impressed for her side as she faced Maratha Yoddhas’ Lalnunfeli in the Super Fly category. The latter started the match aggressively but Kumari kept her composure to make a comeback in the last two Rounds to win the match by Unanimous Decision which saw Warriors open their account on the night.

 

In the fourth bout of the night, it was Haryana Warriors’ Sandeep Nain who caused an upset when he beat Maratha Yoddhas’ skipper Deepak Tanwar in the Middle Weight category. Coming into the match, Tanwar had won all his four bouts in SBL, but it was Nain who produced the miraculous victory which was awarded by Unanimous Decision. It meant that Warriors equalised the scores at 6-6 after four bouts.

 

The fifth match saw a Super Middle Weight category bout between Maratha Yoddhas’ Vivek Jangra and Haryana Warriors’ Sukhdeep Singh. It was the latter who started the match positively as the 22-year old beat Jangra by Unanimous Decision to take a 9-6 lead for his side.

 

Just like in the semi-final, Maratha Yoddhas’ Sandeep Chhikara was assigned with the difficult task of getting a victory in the last bout to make the scores level or give his side the win, as he took on Jagdeep Singh of the Haryana Warriors in the Heavy Weight category. Chhikara started to hit aggressive punches in the first Round itself and took down Singh at least four times. Yoddhas’ Chhikara showed his power again as he took down Singh for one final time as referee stopped the match and decided to award Chhikara with a Technical Knock Out victory. It meant that the Maratha Yoddhas won the match 10-9 to steal the Super Boxing League trophy.

Maratha Yoddhas & Haryana Warriors to face off in SBL finals

New Delhi, August 11, 2017: As the Super Boxing League enters its final stage, the audience will be witnessing some nail biting action as Haryana Warriors take on Maratha Yoddhas in the final match of the inaugural season of the league at the Siri Fort Squash & Badminton Stadium here on Saturday.
 
In the first ever Super Boxing League final, it will be semifinal 1 winners Maratha Yoddhas who will take on semifinal 2 winners Haryana Warriors. It will be an interesting match as both teams have a good blend of experience and young in their ranks. The match will see two undefeated boxers on either side trying to get the trophy home for their respective teams. Maratha Yoddhas skipper Deepak Tanwar and Haryana Warriors’ Sukhdeep Singh have won all their four respective bouts so far in the Super Boxing League. 
 
The final match will witness some of the most exciting bouts as Maratha Yoddhas captain Deepak Tanwar takes on Sandeep Nain in the Middle Weight category. Where as, in the Super Middle Weight category we will witness Haryana Warriors Sukhdeep Singh take on Vivek Jangra. The last bout of the night will see semifinal 1 knockout winner Sandeep Chhikara take on Jagdeep Singh in the Heavy Weight category.  
 
 
Sunday 12th August, 2017 – Maratha Yoddhas vs Haryana Warriors live & exclusive on SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD 7:30 pm onwards

Maratha Yoddhas beat Delhi Gladiators 12-10 to enter the final

New Delhi, 5 August 2017: The first semi-final of the inaugural season of Super Boxing League saw Maratha Yoddhas beat Delhi Gladiators by a score line of 12-10 to register their place in the final here at the Siri Fort Squash & Badminton Stadium.

 

It was Rakesh Lohchab, Shivani Dahiya and Gaganpreet Sharma who won their respective bouts for the Delhi Gladiators to put their team into a 10-6 lead after five bouts. However, it was Maratha Yoddhas’ Sandeep Chhikara who proved to be the hero for his team as he won the last bout of the match by a Knock Out as Maratha Yoddhas won 12-10. Earlier in the night, Mahesh Digari and captain Deepak Tanwar had also won their respective bouts. The match was witnessed by Delhi Gladiators’ owner and Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput who was joined by fellow actors Ayushmaan Khurana, Kriti Sanon and Rajkumar Rao.

 

The first bout of the night saw Delhi Gladiators’ Rakesh Lohchab take on Maratha Yoddhas’ Sandeep Singh in the Feather Weight category. The Yoddhas’ man Singh started the bout on the front foot as he threw some good combinations on his opponent in Round 1 while Gladiators’ Lohchab focused on keeping his guard up. It was a close fight as Lohchab threw some beautiful punches on Singh in Round 2 & 3 to take the lead. The last and final Round saw Lohchab push the pace as he aimed for the win and it meant that he smacked the better punches on his opponent to run away with the victory by Unanimous Decision as Delhi Gladiators took a 3-0 lead.

In the second bout of the night, it was up to Maratha Yoddhas’ Mahesh Digari to cut down the lead for his team as he faced Vanlalawmpuia from the Delhi Gladiators in the Welter Weight category. Both the boxers started Round 1 cautiously as they waited patiently to work out each other’s strategy. However, Round 2 saw Vanlalawmpuia get the better of his opponent as he hit Digari with some beautiful combinations. However, Digari finished the fight on the upper hand as he won Round 3 & 4 by hitting some barging combinations on Vanlalawmpuia to win the bout by Unanimous Decision and level the points at 3-3 after two bouts.

 

The third bout of the night saw Delhi Gladiators’ Shivani Dahiya take on Maratha Yoddhas’ Lalnunfeli in the Super Fly category. It was important for both the boxers to win the bout as it would give their side the lead in the semi-final. Dahiya started the fight brightly as she impressed with some barging blows on Lalnunfeli to get the Round 1 underway. Gladiators’ Shivani Dahiya utilised her experience in Round 2 as she dodged Lalnunfeli’s punches to hit her on the counter. The Yoddhas’ boxer was getting the better punches in the second Round. However, 22-year-old Dahiya came into her own in Round 3 & 4 to hit Lalnunfeli with strong jabs and combinations. The fight was very well matched between the two fighters, but it was Shivani Dahiya who got the better hits, which resulted in her being awarded the victory by Unanimous Decision to put the Delhi Gladiators into the lead 6-3.

 

The fourth fight of the night saw Maratha Yoddhas’ captain Deepak Tanwar face Delhi Gladiators’ captain Pawan Maan in the Middle Weight category. It was the bout of the night as both the captains were up against each other in an important match. However, it was Yoddhas’ skipper who proved why he is so dangerous in such matches as he started Round 1 with a flurry of punches on Maan to put him on the defence. Round 2 & 3 saw a similar story as Gladiators’ skipper Maan seemed to have slowed down as a result of getting hit and Tanwar made the most of it to hit him with some clean and strong combinations. Maan got the better hits in the last Round but it proved to be too little, too late for the Gladiators’ boxer as Deepak Tanwar was awarded the victory by Unanimous Decision which meant that the Yoddhas equalised 6-6.

 

The next bout was between Gaganpreet Sharma of the Delhi Gladiators and Bhupender Singh of the Maratha Yoddhas in the Super Middle Weight category. It proved to be a mistake from the Yoddhas as they fielded a debutant in the form of Bhupender Singh. Gladiators’ Gaganpreet Sharma started the first Round with some strong punches on Singh and continued the rhythm in Round 2 as he knocked some amazing punches. Sharma looked to have found the mojo on the night as he took advantage of Singh’s weaknesses and had put him into a bad spot which resulted in the referee stopping the fight after 2 minutes and 58 seconds in Round 2 after Sharma had knocked down Singh. It meant that the Gladiators’ Sharma was awarded the victory by Technical Knock Out to put his team into a 10-6 lead.

 

The last bout of the night was a crucial one as a win for the Delhi Gladiators would win the match for them, and a win for the Maratha Yoddhas would give them a chance to make a comeback. It was Delhi Gladiators’ Jagroop Singh who faced Maratha Yoddhas’ Sandeep Chhikara in the Heavy Weight category. The two boxers started the first Round slowly as they looked to maintain their shape. However, it was Yoddhas’ Sandeep Chhikara who dominated the fight in Round 2 to knock some impressive combinations on Singh. It meant that Singh lost some composure and Chhikara made the most of it as he struck the Knock Out blow in Round 3 to win the bout. The referee awarded a Knock Out victory to Chhikara which meant that he won the match for his side to beat the Delhi Gladiators 12-10.

Super Boxing League: Delhi Gladiators, Haryana Warriors, Maratha Yoddhas & North East Tigers qualify for semi-finals

New Delhi, 31 July 2017: The last round of fixtures in the league stage of the Super Boxing League determined the four teams who have qualified for the semi-finals as Delhi Gladiators and North East Tigers won their respective matches to top Group A and Group B respectively.

 

It has been an exciting four weeks of boxing action here at Siri Fort Squash and Badminton Stadium which has also seen Haryana Warriors and Maratha Yoddhas register their berths in the semi-finals of the inaugural edition of the Super Boxing League. The penultimate weekend started with the Delhi Gladiators drawing their match against the OPM Punjab Sultans 9-9 to make it 7 points from their three matches to take top spot in Group A. OPM Punjab Sultans failed to qualify for the semi-finals as they could only play out a draw with Gladiators, on a night where they needed to win by a huge margin. It meant that Haryana Warriors qualified as the runners-up team in the Group with 6 points from their three games.

 

In Group B, Mumbai Assassins and Bahubali Boxers ended their campaign with a 9-9 draw as both the teams failed to win any of their three matches in the league, staying at the bottom of Group B with a point each. However, Sunday night determined the Group B toppers as North East Tigers beat Maratha Yoddhas 11-8 to maintain their 100% record in the league. North East Tigers and Maratha Yoddhas finished with 9 points and 6 points respectively from their three matches.

 

In the semi-finals, it will be Group A winners Delhi Gladiators who take on Group B runners-up Maratha Yoddhas on August 5 while Group B winners North East Tigers will face Group A runners-up Haryana Warriors on August 6.

 

Here is the semi-finals line-up for the next weekend of Super Boxing League:

 

Saturday 5th August, 2017 – Delhi Gladiators vs Maratha Yoddhas

Sunday 6th August, 2017 – North East Tigers vs Haryana Warriors

 

Please find below the Points Table at the conclusion of group stage of Super Boxing League:

GROUP A

TEAM P W D L PF PA PD PTS
DELHI GLADIATORS 3 2 1 0 40 15 25 7
HARYANA WARRIORS 3 2 0 1 36 21 15 6
OPM PUNJAB SULTANS 3 1 1 1 30 30 0 4
UP TERMINATORS 3 0 0 3 9 49 -40 0

GROUP B

TEAM P W D L PF PA PD PTS
NORTH-EAST TIGERS 3 3 0 0 35 23 12 9
MARATHA YODDHAS 3 2 0 1 32 26 6 6
MUMBAI ASSASSINS 3 0 1 2 24 33 -9 1
BAHUBALI BOXERS 3 0 1 2 24 33 -9 1

Super Boxing League: North East Tigers beat Maratha Yoddhas 11-8 to clinch top spot in Group B

New Delhi, 30 July 2017: Action in the Super Boxing League continued tonight as the Maratha Yoddhas took on the North East Tigers in the last match of the league for both teams in Group B encounter here at the Siri Fort Squash & Badminton Stadium. It was the North East Tigers who won the match 11-8 as Indian Hockey team captain and goalkeeper, PR Sreejesh and one of the best drag-flickers in the world, Rupinder Pal Singh witnessed the action alongside Olympian boxer and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Akhil Kumar.

It was Zoengmawia, Asha Roka, and Jitender Nandal who had given North East Tigers a 10-7 lead after five bouts as Basant Thapa and Ashish Ahlawat drew their bouts. Deepak Tanwar got a Knock Out victory for his side as Mahesh Digari and Parminder Singh also managed to draw their respective bouts which meant that the North East Tigers won the match 11-8.

 

The first bout of the night was between Satnam Singh from the Maratha Yoddhas and Zoengmawia from the North East Tigers in the Feather Weight category. The boxer from the North East Tigers, Zoengmawia started the bout strongly as he threw some good combinations on his opponent in Round 1 & 2 to set the rhythm for his team. Maratha Yoddhas’ Satnam Singh also impressed in Round 3 as he was looking to hit the youngster Zoengmawia on the counter. Round 4 saw Zoengmawia keep up his good work as he threw some nasty punches to seal the match by Unanimous Decision to give the North East Tigers a 3-0 lead.

 

In the second bout of the night, it was up to Maratha Yoddhas’ Mahesh Digari to cut down the lead for his team as he faced Basant Thapa from the North East Tigers in the Welter Weight category. Both the boxers started Round 1 with some good energy as they tried hitting each other on the counter; and both of them landed some huge blows. Round 2 & 3 were equally spread between the two pugilists as they both hit each other with some beautiful combinations, uppercuts and jabs. Neither of the boxers gave up the fight as they hit each other with some flurry of punches to make it a difficult fight to judge for the referees. In the end, the bout ended in a Draw as both teams were awarded a point each to make it 3-1 in Tigers’ favour.

 

The next bout was the most exciting one of the night as North East Tigers’ Asha Roka faced Maratha Yoddhas’ Luxmi in the Super Fly category. It was Tigers’ skipper Asha Roka who started the bout on the front foot by smacking some beautiful combinations on Luxmi. The latter seemed to have lost some composure in Round 2 as Roka continued her form.  Round 3 & 4 were dominated again by Asha Roka as she got into a good rhythm but Luxmi held on to last all the four Rounds and did not get Knocked Out. At the end of four Rounds, it was Asha Roka who was awarded the victory by Unanimous Decision to get the three points for her team as the scores read 7-1 in Tigers’ favour.

 

In the fourth fight of the night, it was upto Maratha Yoddhas’ skipper Deepak Tanwar to bring his team back into the match as he faced North East Tigers’ Ankit Janghu in the Middle Weight category. And Deepak Tanwar did not disappoint his team and his fans as he started the fight aggressively and was looking for a Knock Out. He maintained a good speed and thrust in the first two Rounds to push debutant Ankit Janghu on the back foot. Tanwar got into a great rhythm by Round 3 and he made the most of it by Knocking Out Janghu to win the bout by Knock Out to equalise the scores on the night 7-7.

 

In the fifth bout, it was North East Tigers’ Vivek Jangra who faced Maratha Yoddhas’ Jitender Nandal in the Super Middle Weight category. It was an important bout for both the teams as a win for either team would put them into the lead. It was Tigers’ Nandal who started the bout confidently as he aimed to get the top spot in the Group for his team. The Tigers’ man took an aggressive approach, which saw him dominate most of the fight with some amazing combinations. At the end of four Rounds, it was Jitender Nandal who was awarded the victory by Unanimous Decision to give the lead to his side North East Tigers 10-7.

 

In the deciding bout of the night, it was Maratha Yoddhas’ Parminder Singh who was up against North East Tigers’ Ashish Ahlawat in the Heavy Weight category. Tigers’ Ahlawat started the fight strongly in Round 1 & 2 as he hit a flurry of punches on Singh. But Yoddhas’ Parminder Singh fought through the bout even though he was bleeding heavily after a punch caught him on his head. Singh made a comeback into the bout and dominated the third and fourth Rounds to take the upper hand as Ahlawat struggled. In the end, both the boxers were awarded a point each as the bout finished in a Draw to make the scoreline 11-8 in favour of the North East Tigers.

 

India won 8 medals at Usti-nad-Labem Grand Prix in Boxing

India won 8 medals in recently concluded Boxing Championship in Czech republic. Indian boxers won total of 5 golds, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze medal.

Several boxers will be going to compete in upcoming World Championship from August 25 to September 2.

Gold

Amit, 49kg;

Gaurav Bidhuri, 56kg;

Shiva Thapa, 60kg;

Manoj Kumar, 69kg;

Satish Kumar, 91kg+.

 

Silver

Kavinder Singh, 52kg;

Manish Panwar, 81kg

 

Bronze

Sangwan 91kg.

Super Boxing League: Mumbai Assassins & Bahubali Boxers play out a 9-9 draw to end their campaign

New Delhi, 29 July 2017: With the tagline of Hit Harder, the action in the Super Boxing League continued tonight as the Mumbai Assassins took on the Bahubali Boxers in the last match of the league for both teams in Group B encounter here at the Siri Fort Squash & Badminton Stadium. The match between both the teams ended in a 9-9 draw as Bollywood actors Suniel Shetty, Sohail Khan and Rana Daggubati witnessed the action.

 

It was Asif Asad Khan and Pawan Goyat who had given the Mumbai Assassins’ a 6-0 lead after two bouts. But Bahubali Boxers’ Preeti Shah and Sandeep Dhull won their respective bouts to equalise. The match became interesting as Mumbai’s Satish Dhull won the fifth bout before the night ended with Bahubali Boxers’ captain equalled the score at 9-9 as he won the last bout.

 

The first bout of the night was between Asif Asad Khan from the Mumbai Assassins and Sunil Sharma from the Bahubali Boxers in the Feather Weight category. The boxer from the Mumbai Assassins, Asif Asad Khan started the bout on the front foot as he threw some good combinations on his opponent in Round 1 & 2 to set the rhythm for his team. It was important for Asif to end his team’s campaign on a high in the Super Boxing League. Bahubali Boxers’ Sunil Sharma also impressed in Round 3 as he was looking to hit Khan on the counter. But Assassins’ Khan came back again in Round 4 through some better punches as he stole the match by Unanimous Decision to give the Mumbai Assassins a 3-0 lead.

 

In the second bout of the night, it was up to Bahubali Boxers’ Joseph Emmanuel to cut down the lead for his team as he faced Pawan Goyat from the Mumbai Assassins in the Welter Weight category. Boxers’ Emmanuel started Round 1 with a good strategy as he kept his guard up and tried hitting Goyat on the counter; however the latter did manage to throw some punches on his opponent. Round 2 was equally spread between the two pugilists as they both hit each other with some beautiful combinations, uppercuts and jabs. But it was Round 3 & 4 which got the victory for Goyat as he got some good jabs and combinations on Emmanuel. The latter seemed to have lost his speed and thrust as Goyat took advantage of it to win by Unanimous Decision to extend Assassins’ lead to 6 points.

 

Mumbai Assassins seemed to be in a perfect position after the first two bouts but it was debutant Urvashi who took on Bahubali Boxers’ Preeti Shah in the Super Fly Weight category. Both the boxers started Round 1 slowly as Urvashi was eager to start well, but Preeti turned it around later on as she got some nice punches on Urvashi. Boxers’ Shah started Round 2 aggressively as she hit Urvashi with some good jabs and combinations. Round 3 & 4 were dominated by Preeti Shah as she hit harder to claim the victory by Unanimous Decision and win an all important 3 points for her team Bahubali Boxers.

 

In the fourth fight of the night, it was the Mumbai Assassins’ Siddharth Verma and Bahubali Boxers’ Sandeep Dhull in the Middle Weight category. The latter started the fight strongly as he hit some beautiful combinations on Verma in Round 1 & 2. However, the Mumbai Assassins’ man wasn’t going down without a fight as he hit back on Dhull in the latter two Rounds to make it a very interesting match. However, it was Dhull who kept his smacks on target to win the bout by Unanimous Decision to level the scores at 6-6.

 

In the fifth bout, it was Bahubali Boxers’ Dushytant Shrivastav who faced Mumbai Assassins’ Satish Dhull in the Super Middle Weight category. It was an important bout for both the teams as a win for either team would put them into the lead. It was Assassins’ Dhull who started the bout confidently as he aimed to dent Bahubali Boxers’ chances in SBL. The Assassins’ man took an aggressive approach, which saw him dominate most of the fight with some amazing combinations. At the end of four Rounds, it was Satish Dhull who was awarded the victory by Unanimous Decision to give the lead to the Mumbai Assassins 9-6.

 

In the deciding bout of the night, it was Mumbai Assassins’ skipper Ram Singh who returned to action as he was up against Bahubali Boxers’ captain Kuldeep Singh in the Heavy Weight category. Ram Singh started the fight strongly in Round 1 & 2 but he seemed to slow down in the end as Kuldeep Singh came into his own. The latter hit some amazing punches in the third Round to take the upper hand as Ram Singh struggled in the last Round. It was a fight which was dominated by Kuldeep and it was important for him to win to equalise the scores. In the end, Boxers’ captain Kuldeep’s efforts were enough to win him the bout by Unanimous Decision to level the scores 9-9.

Super Boxing League: Delhi Gladiators and Haryana Warriors qualify for the semi-finals

New Delhi, 28 July 2017: Action in Super Boxing League resumed here today at Siri Fort Squash & Badminton Stadium as the Delhi Gladiators played a draw with OPM Punjab Sultans 9-9 to secure their spot in the semi-finals of the league. The draw meant that the Delhi Gladiators and the Haryana Warriors qualify for the semi-finals of SBL. The match was witnessed by OPM Punjab Sultans’ owner, Bollywood actress Sunny Leone alongside Bill Dosanjh, Owner of Super Boxing League. Also present on the occasion was Punjabi actor Parmish Verma who was seen supporting the Sultans.

 

Delhi Gladiators went into the match high on confidence as they had won their first two matches of Super Boxing League whereas the OPM Punjab Sultans needed a huge victory to qualify for the semi-finals as it was a do-or-die match for both teams as the winner would eventually qualify for the semi-finals. It was the Delhi Gladiators who kept their unbeaten run intact as Shivani Dahiya, captain Pawan Maan, and Gaganpreet Sharma; all won their respective bouts to make a comeback into the match. It was Amandeep Singh, Balkar Singh and Sumit Rangi who won the three bouts for the OPM Punjab Sultans.

 

The first bout of the night saw Delhi Gladiators’ Rakesh Lohchab take on OPM Punjab Sultans’ Amandeep Singh in the Feather Weight category. The Sultans’ man Singh started the bout on the front foot as he threw some good combinations on his opponent in Round 1 & 2 while Gladiators’ Lohchab focused on keeping his guard up. Singh kept his upper hand in the latter stages of the bout as well, countering Lohchab well in Round 3 with jabs and uppercuts. The last and final Round saw Lohchab push the pace as he wanted to turnaround the match, but Amandeep Singh smacked the better punches on his opponent to run away with the victory by Split Decision as OPM Punjab Sultans took a 3-0 lead.

In the second bout of the night, it was up to Delhi Gladiators’ Munish Sharma to cut down the lead for his team as he faced Balkar Singh from the OPM Punjab Sultans in the Welter Weight category. Both the boxers started Round 1 cautiously as they waited patiently to work out each other’s strategy. However, Round 2 saw Singh get the better of his opponent as he hit Sharma with some beautiful combinations. The latter looked to have slowed down as he lost some composure. Singh on the other hand, took advantage of the slowness of his opponent and smashed some strong right punches on Gladiators’ Sharma in Round 3. The Sultans’ man kept his shape in the fourth Round, as he struck some aggressive combinations on Sharma to seal the victory by Unanimous Decision to extend his team’s lead to 6 points.

 

The situation was looking bleak for the Delhi Gladiators as the next bout was between Shivani Dahiya from the Delhi Gladiators and OPM Punjab Sultans’ Saroj Bugalia in the Super Fly category. It was important for Shivani Dahiya to bring back the Gladiators into the match through a win in her bout. Dahiya started the fight brightly as she impressed with some barging blows on Bugalia to get the Round 1 underway. Gladiators’ Shivani Dahiya utilised her experience in Round 2 as she dodged Saroj Bugalia’s punches to hit her on the counter. 22-year-old Dahiya came into her own in Round 3 & 4 to hit Bugalia with strong jabs and combinations. The fight was very well matched between the two fighters, but it was Shivani Dahiya who got the better hits, which resulted in her being awarded the victory by Unanimous Decision to bring back Delhi Gladiators into the tie as scores read 6-3 in favour of OPM Punjab Sultans.

 

The fourth fight of the night saw OPM Punjab Sultans’ Sagar Narwat face Delhi Gladiators’ captain Pawan Maan in the Middle Weight category. The Gladiators’ skipper proved why he is so dangerous in such matches as he started Round 1 with a flurry of punches on Narwat to put him on the defence. Round 2 saw a similar story as Sultans’ Narwat seemed to have slowed down as a result of getting hit and Gladiators’ Maan made the most of it to hit him with some clean and strong combinations. It was an exciting bout as Narwat also got into his own in Round 3 to give Maan some competition; therefore Round 4 became important for both the boxers. Narwat got the better hits in the last Round but it proved to be too little, too late for the Sultans’ boxer as Pawan Maan was awarded with the victory by Unanimous Decision which meant that the Gladiators equalised 6-6.

 

The next bout was between Gaganpreet Sharma of the Delhi Gladiators and Vicky Singh of the OPM Punjab Sultans in the Super Middle Weight category. The former started the first Round with some strong punches on Singh and continued the rhythm in Round 2 as he knocked some amazing punches. Sharma looked to have found the mojo on the night as he took advantage of Singh’s weakness to make the bout one sided. Round 4 was also won by Delhi Gladiators’ Gaganpreet Sharma as he did not allow Singh to make a comeback. It meant that the Gladiators’ Sharma was awarded the victory by Unanimous Decision to put his team into a 9-6 lead.

 

The last bout of the night was a crucial one as a win for the Delhi Gladiators would win the match for them, and a win for the OPM Punjab Sultans would make them equalise or even take a lead. It was Delhi Gladiators’ Deepak Malik who faced OPM Punjab Sultans’ Sumit Rangi in the Heavy Weight category. The two boxers started the first Round slowly as they looked to maintain their shape. It was an important fight for Rangi as he had to win the bout as a consolation victory for his team. Round 2 saw Rangi take the most points as his accurate punching saw him take the lead. In the last two Rounds between the two boxers, it all came down to who could Hit Harder to secure a win for their team. Sultans’ Rangi kept the momentum going for his team as he won the bout by Unanimous Decision to equalise the scores 9-9 on the night.

Super Boxing League returns as OPM Punjab Sultans, Delhi Gladiators aim for semi-finals’ spot

New Delhi, July 27, 2017: Super Boxing League will witness some nail-biting encounters this weekend as the last three fight nights of the Group stage take place at the Siri Fort Squash & Badminton Stadium here in New Delhi. It will be a penultimate week of boxing for the six teams participating this weekend as OPM Punjab Sultans will have a do-or-die match against the Delhi Gladiators in Group A. Mumbai Assassins and Bahubali Boxers will play for pride as they have both lost their two games, and are already out of contention for a semi-final spot in Group B. Whereas, Maratha Yoddhas will take on North East Tigers in the last match of the league stage to determine who tops Group B on Sunday night.

Five teams are still in contention for the four semi-final spots of Super Boxing League while UP Terminators from Group A have already been knocked out as they failed to win any of their three matches. In Group B, Mumbai Assassins and Bahubali Boxers are also out of contention as they have lost their first two games.

The first fight night of the weekend will see OPM Punjab Sultans take on the Delhi Gladiators in Group A’s last encounter. OPM Punjab Sultans started the tournament with a win against the UP Terminators but lost to the Haryana Warriors, which sees them sit on the third spot in Group A with three points. However, a win against the Delhi Gladiators on Friday will put them level on points with Haryana Warriors and Gladiators. It will be an interesting match as a win for either team would see them through to the semi-final as the points difference will come into play.

Group A match will see some exciting line-ups as OPM Punjab Sultans’ skipper Amandeep Singh will take on Delhi Gladiators’ Rakesh Lohchab in Feather Weight category in the opening fight of the night while Gladiators’ captain Pawan Maan will fight against Sultans’ Sagar Narwat in the Middle Weight category. Gladiators’ impressive Shivani Dahiya will look to Knock Out Sultans’ Saroj Bugalia in the Super Fly category.

The second fight night of the weekend will be between strugglers Mumbai Assassins and Bahubali Boxers in Group B on Saturday. It will be a face-off between the captains of the two teams as Assassins’ skipper Ram Singh will make a comeback into the league when he takes on Boxers captain’ Kuldeep Singh in the Heavy Weight category.

Sunday night will see Group B joint-leaders Maratha Yoddhas and North East Tigers face off in match which will determine who tops the Group. Super Boxing League’s star boxer, Tigers captain Asha Roka will aim to keep her undefeated run intact as she takes on Yoddhas’ Luxmi in the Super Fly category. Yoddhas’ skipper Deepak Tanwar will also be in action as he takes on Tigers’ Naoba Meitei in the Middle Weight category.

Please find below the Points Table of Super Boxing League:

GROUP A

TEAM P W D L PF PA PD PTS
DELHI GLADIATORS 2 2 0 0 31 6 25 6
HARYANA WARRIORS 3 2 0 1 36 21 15 6
OPM PUNJAB SULTANS 2 1 0 1 21 21 0 3
UP TERMINATORS 3 0 0 3 9 49 40 0

 

GROUP B

TEAM P W D L PF PA PD PTS
NORTH-EAST TIGERS 2 2 0 0 24 15 9 6
MARATHA YODDHAS 2 2 0 0 24 15 9 6
MUMBAI ASSASSINS 2 0 0 2 15 24 -9 0
BAHUBALI BOXERS 2 0 0 2 15 24 -9 0

India to host Boxing World Championship in 2018 and 2021

In a historic decision AIBA (International Boxing Association) announced that New Delhi India will host 2018 Women’s World Championships and 2021 Men’s World Championships.

India has never hosted the men’s World Championship but has hosted the 2006 women’s mega-event.

“The strength of all of the bids we have seen today is the clearest indication yet of AIBA’s successful efforts to amplify the prestige of its World Championships even further, with the strongest global broadcasting and sponsorship partnerships secured to date already finalised for next month’s Men’s World Championships in Hamburg,” said AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.

“Having witnessed the Russian Boxing Federation’s dedication to promote the sport of boxing and its capacity to meet the Executive Committee’s expectations for hosting our biggest event, we are delighted to have the AIBA Men’s World Championships 2019 confirmed for Sochi, and equally excited to announce New Delhi as host city in 2021 as the Boxing Federation of India continues to show its commitment to developing the sport. Following the presentation of the Turkish Boxing Federation, I know that Trabzon will also meet the demands of hosting the world’s biggest women’s boxing tournament in 2019.”