Category: Boxing

North East Tigers start their campaign on a high as they beat Bahubali Boxers 12-9 in 3rd match of Super Boxing League

New Delhi, 9 July 2017: In what turned out to be an electrifying Sunday in the Super Boxing League, Asha Roka-led North East Tigers beat Bahubali Boxers in the first match of Group B with a margin of 12-9 to start their league campaign on a high.

 

It was North East Tigers’ Nanao Singh, Jeevan Singh and captain Asha Roka who gave their side a 12-0 lead after three bouts, in the presence of dignitaries such as Hockey India CEO Elena Norman, Bahubali Boxers’ owner and Bollywood ace Suneil Shetty, Jaura Group Chairman RS Jaura, Intex Technologies’ Director Keshav Bansal, and North East Tigers’ supporter & Bollywood actress Daisy Shah.

 

Suneil Shetty-owned Bahubali Boxers did try their best to turn the momentum in their favour as they won through Sombhir Shastri, Dushyant Shrivastav and Kuldeep Singh in the latter three bouts but each of the boxers could only win 3 points each for their side, which was not enough to match Asha Roka’s Knock Out win over her opponent earlier in the match.

 

The first bout of the night was between Sunil Sharma from the Bahubali Boxers and debutant Nanao Singh from the North East Tigers in the Feather Weight category. The boxer from the North East Tigers, Nanao Singh started the bout on the front foot as he threw some good combinations on his opponent in Round 1 & 2. Bahubali Boxers’ Sunil Sharma could not utilize his height advantage throughout the fight. 26-year old Singh showed his real strength and stamina in Round 4 as he forced some enthralling combinations on Sharma to bag the fight by Unanimous Decision to give the lead to the North East Tigers.

 

In the second bout of the night, it was upto to Bahubali Boxers’ Joseph Emmanuel to cut down the lead for his team as he faced Jeevan Singh from the North East Tigers in the Welter Weight category. However, it was Singh who started Round 1 looking like a man-on-a-mission as he took his opponent to the corner and barged him with some hard punches. This put Boxers’ Emmanuel on the back-foot early on but he weathered the storm to keep his composure, and showed signs of a comeback in Round 2. He waited for the opportunity to strike Singh, but the latter kept his composure at the key moments to counter Emmanuel’s tactics. Both the boxers exchanged some mind blowing one-twos and jabs to keep the crowd interested as the fight reached its last Round. In the end, Singh’s efforts were deemed more impressive by the referees as he was awarded the victory by Unanimous Decision to put his side 6 points ahead.

 

The responsibility of cutting short the lead for her team was presented to Tulsi Helen of the Bahubali Boxers as she took on the captain of the North East Tigers in the Female Fly category. The third bout of the night was important for Tulsi Helen as she had the opportunity to utilize her experience to hit back on the North East Tigers. However, the impressive 18-year-old Asha Roka had other plans in mind as she started the bout aggressively. Roka hit her opponent with combinations of three-four punches which got her the victory as she beat her opponent in the first Round itself to extend her team’s lead to 12 points. The North East Tigers were awarded six points as Roka was declared the winner over Helen by Knock Out.

 

The score line read 12-0 in favour of the North East Tigers after the halfway stage on the night as Bahubali Boxers struggled to open their account. It was Boxers’ Sombhir Shastri who was given the duty to close the points’ gap as he took on Tigers’ Noba Meitei in the Middle Weight category. In Round 1, Shastri landed some body shots on his opponents but Meitei was the more impressive of the two boxers as he was quick on his feet and struck the punches with more precision. Round 2 saw both the boxers maintain their offense and defence as neither wanted to lose. In Round 3, both the boxers waited for the opportune moment to strike their opponent, but it was difficult for either to get an opening. However, Round 4 started with high energy and high aggression as Shastri pushed Meitei into the corner, and barged him with strong punches. The former needed a Knock Out victory to secure all 6 points for his team, but Meitei held on and fought back as he produced some combinations of his own. However, it was Sombhir Shastri who kept his cool and won the bout by Unanimous Decision to grab the maiden three points for his team.

 

The fifth match saw Bahubali Boxers’ hopes riding on their pugilist Dushyant Shrivastav, as he took on North East Tigers’ Jitender Nandal in the Super Middle Weight category. The first two Rounds saw both the boxers fight it out with equal venom as they aimed to establish their supremacy on the fight. Some jabs and one-twos from both the boxers was the highlight of the first two Rounds, but it was Shrivastav who took the initiative in Round 3 as he aimed to get his side back on track on the points tally with a win. The 26-year-old focused on hooks and uppercuts to get the better of Nandal as the latter struggled to find his mojo. In, what was a do-or-die moment for the Boxers, their talisman Shrivastav held his nerve to produce a huge combination in Round 4 to seal the victory over Nandal as he won by Unanimous Decision to put the scores 12-6 in Boxers’ favour with one bout to go.

 

Bahubali Boxers’ Kuldeep Singh was presented with the tough and unlikely ask of beating his opponent, North East Tigers’ Ashish Ahlawat by a Knock Out in order to equal the scores for both the teams on the night. Round 1 saw both the pugilists launching and exchanging punches to start the bout with aggression. It was difficult to adjudge who the better boxer was until Round 3 where Boxers’ Kuldeep Singh came into his own to strike the composure out of Ashish Ahlawat. The former dominated the bout throughout, but he could not Knock Out his opponent, which eventually meant that could only get three points for his side as he was awarded the win by Unanimous Decision. At the end of six bouts between the two sides, it was the North East Tigers who came out on top against the Bahubali Boxers as they won the match 12-9.

OPM Punjab Sultans beat UP Terminators 15-6 in the second match of Super Boxing League

New Delhi, 8 July 2017: The second match of Super Boxing League took place here today as OPM Punjab Sultans beat UP Terminators with a margin of 15-6 to start their league campaign with a terrific victory.

 

Amandeep Singh, Saroj Bugalia, Vicky Singh and Sumit Rangi were all winners in their respective categories for the OPM Punjab Sultans. Afghani boxer, Md. Mustafa and Indian Deepak Kumar were the only two winners on the night for the UP Terminators.

 

In the first fight of the day, OPM Punjab Sultans’ Amandeep Singh beat UP Terminators’ Nick Zodinsanga in the Feather Weight category by 3 points as the contest was decided by Unanimous Decision. OPM Punjab Sultans’ Amandeep Singh started strong in the first fight of the night as he dominated Round 1. The 31-year-old took the fight to the youngster from Mizoram, Nick Zodinsanga, as he threw some impressive punches on the UP Terminators’ man. The third Round saw a similar story as Nick failed to make a mark on his opponent. Amandeep held on as he used his experience to keep out Nick’s attacks in Round 4 to clinch the victory and give his side the early lead.

 

UP Terminators’ Md. Mustafa was given the responsibility to cut short the lead in the second fight of the night as he took on OPM Punjab Sultans’ Balkar Singh in the Welter Weight category. The Afghani boxer who lives in India, Mustafa, did not disappoint his team in the first Round as he smacked a couple of clean one-twos on Singh. The Terminators’ boxer continued his form in Round 2 as he became the clear favourite. However, in Round 3, it was Sultans’ Balkar Singh who made a comeback into the fight as he started a hefty exchange of punches which got the crowd going. Round 4 was crucial for both the boxers in order to attain supremacy and snatch the win for their team. It was Md. Mustafa who came out on top as he won the bout through Unanimous Decision to put the teams level on points at 3-3.

 

The third fight saw Super Boxing League’s women in action as UP Terminators’ Sulav Magar took on OPM Punjab Sultans’ Saroj Bugalia in the Female Fly category. It was a crucial tie in the match as a win for either boxer would put their team into the lead with three more fights to go. UP Terminators’ Nepali boxer, Sulav Magar started Round 1 very strongly as she barged her opponent with some nasty blows. However, as the fight progressed, Sultans’ Saroj Bugalia pulled up her socks to hit some good blows to her opponent in the next three Rounds. It meant that Bugalia was awarded the win by Unanimous Decision to put her team OPM Punjab Sultans in the lead with a score line of 6-3.

 

The fourth fight saw UP Terminators’ Deepak Kumar take on OPM Punjab Sultans’ Sagar Narwat in the Middle Weight category. In the first Round, both pugilists kept their shape in order to not give-in to their opponents’ initial attacks but Sultans’ Sagar Narwat was able to control the fight by the scruff of its neck as he threw some heavy hands on Deepak Kumar. The latter seemed to have lost some confidence in himself as he looked more fatigued of the two boxers after the second round itself. However, Kumar started Round 3 with fresh energy as he struck some barging blows which affected Sagar Narwat. The Terminators’ boxer produced some beautiful combinations in Round 4 to make it a well balanced fight which eventually ended in UP Terminators’ Deepak Kumar winning the bout by Split Decision to put the teams level on points at 6-6 after four bouts.

 

The fifth fight of the night was between UP Terminators’ Amitesh Chaubey and OPM Punjab Sultans’ Vicky Singh in the Super Middle Weight category. It was an important bout for both the teams as a win for either boxer would put them in a commanding position. Terminators’ Chaubey took the initiative early on as he produced some marvellous combinations to put pressure on Singh in Round 1 and 2. However, Singh chose to hold on to his composure in the next two Rounds. The experienced boxer kept his guard up when it mattered, and took every opportunity to strike punches on Chaubey. Thus, the final result was in favour of OPM Punjab Sultans’ Vicky Singh as he won by Unanimous Decision to put his team in front with a tally of 9 points to Terminators’ 6 points.

 

The last fight of the night was eventually the decider as a win for OPM Punjab Sultans would see them win the match and a win for UP Terminators would put the scores level. In the Heavy Weight category, OPM Punjab Sultans were represented by Sumit Rangi while it was upto UP Teminators’ skipper Sandeep Dahiya to bring the match in his side’s favour. The former started the bout very aggressively through quick and perfect combinations. Dahiya sustained the first Round but he could not manage to last even two Rounds as he was Knocked Out by a superb one-two punch from Sumit Rangi. The referee stopped the match after 2 minutes and 20 seconds of Round 2 as OPM Punjab Sultans’ Sumit Rangi was awarded the victory by a Technical Knock Out. The win for Rangi meant that the OPM Punjab Sultans registered their first victory of Super Boxing League by a score line of 15-6.

Super Boxing League moves onto its third fight-nighttomorrow as the Group B teams will be in action at the Siri Fort Squash and Badminton Stadium in New Delhi where North East Tigers will take on Bahubali Boxers in their opening match of the league.

 

The fights in Super Boxing League will be held over theFridaySaturday and Sunday and will be telecasted live on SONY ESPN and SONY ESPN HD at the prime time slot of 7:00 – 9:30 PM. The fights will also be live streamed on SPN’s digital platform SONY LIV.

Super Boxing League starts off as Delhi Gladiators beat Haryana Warriors 12-6

New Delhi, 7 July 2017: The first-of-its-kind boxing league in India, Super Boxing League started off here today as Delhi Gladiators beat Haryana Warriors with a margin of 12-6 in the presence of its CEO & founder Bill Dosanjh and Chairman, Olympic medalist boxer Amir Khan. The inaugural fight night saw boxers from both teams impress the crowd at the Siri Fort Squash & Badminton Stadium where Delhi Gladiators produced a phenomenal team effort to start their campaign on a high as Owner and Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput cheered them on.

Super Boxing League’s first-ever match saw two strong teams in Delhi Gladiators and Haryana Warriors vying to start off the league on the front-foot. In the first fight of the night, Delhi Gladiators’ Rakesh Lochan beat Haryana Warriors’ Naveen Nehra by a Split Decision to get off the mark on the points table. Both the boxers looked fairly eager to start the match with confidence as they threw some great combinations at each other. The fight was equally split between the two boxers until Round 3, but Rakesh Lochan showed his stamina as he barged Naveen with heavy blows to seal the victory in Round 4.

In the second fight, Haryana Warriors’ captain Neeraj Goyat beat Delhi Gladiators’ Vanlulpuwia by a Split Decision to secure the much-needed three points for his team. Neeraj started the match on the front foot as he used his experience in Round 1 to keep out the debutant, Gladiators’ Vanlalpuwia. Neeraj kept his guard up in Round 2 as Vanlalpuwia started to come into his own. However, Neeraj used his experience to defend well as Vanlalpuwia started to show some technical strength to counter and take control of the game. But the latter’s efforts were not enough on the night as the judges awarded the victory to Warriors’ captain Neeraj Goyat to put the teams level on points after the second fight.

However, Delhi Gladiators restored their lead again as Delhi Gladiators’ Shivani Dahiya beat Haryana Warriors’ Suman Kumari by a margin of three points as a result of Split Decision. The first fight of Super Boxing League in the Female Fly category started off with the more experienced Shivani Dahiya being the aggressor as she launched clear-cut punches on her opponent in Round 1. Shivani kept the pressure on her opponent in Round 2 as Suman’s inexperience proved to be the difference. Round 3 and 4 witnessed a similar story as Shivani produced a masterclass of her own, throwing punches on Suman from all directions to take the points tally to 6-3 in Gladiators’ favour.

The fourth fight saw Delhi Gladiators’ captain, Pawan Maan take on Haryana Warriors’ Amit Kumar in the Middle Weight category. In the first Round, both pugilists kept their shape in order to not give-in to their opponents’ initial attacks. However, Round 2 saw Pawan Maan controlling the fight by the scruff of its neck as he threw some heavy hands on Amit Kumar. The latter seemed to have lost some confidence in himself as he looked more fatigued of the two boxers after the second round itself. Pawan Maan produced some beautiful combinations in Round 3 to take full control of the fight as Amit failed to match his opponent. Amit did try to make a comeback into the fight in Round 4 but it was too little, too late for the 25-year old as Delhi Gladiators’ skipper Pawan Maan extended his team’s lead to 9-3 as he won the bout by Unanimous Decision.

It was up to Haryana Warriors’ Sukhdeep Singh to pull the match in his team’s favor as he took on Delhi Gladiators’ Gaganpreet Sharma in the Super Middle Weight category. Both the boxers started the first Round with a display of skills and patience as they maintained great head-movement, aggression and combination. Round 2 saw both fighters exchanging punches to maintain their flow but Gaganpreet stood out as he closed the gap well. It was important for Sukhdeep Singh to Knock Out his opponent in the next two Rounds if he was to help his team in closing down the margin. However, 27-year old Sharma held on to maintain his composure and avoid a Knock Out as Singh struck some nasty blows in Round 4 to win the bout by Split Decision to put the scores 9-6 in Delhi Gladiators’ favour.

In the last fight of the night, Haryana Warriors’ Jagdeep Singh had the opportunity to put the teams level on points or even take the win as he took on Delhi Gladiators’ Jagroop Singh in the Heavyweight category. In what turned out to be the most competitive bout of the evening, both pugilists exchanged punches through their left and right hands in Round 1. However, the energy shown by both the boxers meant that they lost some composure in Round 2 which slowed down the fight. The two exchanged more one-twos and jams in the third Round as it made for an interesting finish to the fight. In the final round, both the boxers focused more on guarding themselves against blows, however, Delhi Gladiators’ Jagroop Singh had the upper hand which was proved by the referees as he won the bout by Split Decision to give his side the victory 12-6.

Speaking on the maiden victory in the Super Boxing League, Delhi Gladiators’ captain Pawan Maan said, “I am extremely proud of the team as they produced a fine performance to start the league on a high. This win will give all our team members the confidence to keep the momentum in the future matches. I could not have imagined a better way to start the SBL.”

Haryana Warriors’ captain Neeraj Goyat also spoke about how his team was not lucky enough on the night. He said, “We did our best to perform well for the team but sometimes it is not enough. We were a bit unlucky today as there were a couple of fights which could have gone either way. It is just the start of the league so we will now focus on making all the improvements that we can.”

The fights in Super Boxing League will be held over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will be telecasted live on SONY ESPN and SONY ESPN HD at the prime time slot of 7:00 – 9:30 PM. The fights will also be live streamed on SPN’s digital platform SONY LIV.

Stage set for the first ever Pro Boxing India Championship

New Delhi, March 15, 2017: The boxing fever is soon to grip India with its first ever Pro Boxing India Championship (PBIC) being organized by Royal Sports Promotions in association with Asian Boxing Council, the Asian federation affiliated with World Boxing Council (WBC).

The first edition of the championship would begin by the third quarter of the year. The event will bring together boxers from across the globe to participate and vie for the title. At present, Royal Sports Promotions manages 20 boxers and work closely with 25 other boxers for various associations. They have successfully conducted Pro Boxing matches for men and women in India. The company also organized the first ever AIBA Pro Boxing Night in India in 2016 where Indian pugilist Vikas Krishnan earned himself an extra shot at Olympic qualification.

Royal Sports Promotions have set out the blueprint for popularizing boxing as a spectator sport and are looking at the Pro Boxing India Championship as the perfect roadmap to revolutionize the sport of boxing in India and globally. The league format championship will see 8 teams, battling for the title in five weeks of high octane action. The championship will offer a total of 6 winning titles for 6 weight categories.

Speaking about the conceptualization of PBIC, Jai Singh Shekhawat Director Royal Sports Promotions said, We are here to bring back that anticipation and anxiety among the young boxers with the Pro Boxing India Championship. PBIC is going to be a game changer for professional boxing in India. It will be our endeavor to focus on the essence of the sport without any compromise and keep the culture and heritage of the sport alive.”

A total of 48 boxers will be seen participating in the inaugural edition of PBIC wherein there would be a total of 32 male pugilists and 16 female pugilists. Each team will have a mix of Indian Origin and International Boxers. A whopping prize money of 6 crores in its inaugural edition will further add to the high voltage competition in the ring.

The championship will be run under the norms of World Boxing Council and the winners of all six categories would be entitled to fight Asian titles.

India has had a long history with boxing. The country has produced many world champions and Olympic medalists in the sport of boxing. We see a great potential in PBIC to bring talent from across the world in the ring and give professional boxing community a stage to showcase their prowess,” added Kiate Sirigul ,Executive Secretary Asian Boxing Council.