Indian Pugilists looking for Boxing Glory

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Four years back at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, the only hope India had of securing a medal in boxing was Vijender Singh, who lived up to the prayers and hope of the nation to win the Bronze Medal, narrowly missing out on securing the Silver Medal by reaching the final. And four years down the line, the talented pugilist has plenty of able reinforcements to share the weight and burden of expectations and lead the country to glory at the upcoming Olympic Games in London.

Shiva Thapa and Vijay Krishan, both of whom will be joining Vijender in his quest for another medal in boxing and both will be more or less used to stepping inside the ring with the expectation of an entire nation on their shoulders, having performed well and garnered several accolades in many of the international events in recent months. In terms of the women’s field, MC Mary Kom will be leading the line for the women of India and the girl from the hilly northeastern state of Manipur has already won five world titles in her category.

The Indian pugilist team spent 15 days in Dublin, Ireland for a conditioning camp in order to get used to the weather conditions which will welcome them in London and according to the 27 year old Vijender, the camp will help them go a long way in the Olympic Games. He added that as soon as all of them qualified for the Games, they were ready to be molded into a medal winning team at the Olympics.

They will follow in teh footsteps of the likes of Amir Khan and David Haye who both made their mark at the Olympics first.

And for a nation that swears by the game of cricket, which has never been a traditional superpower for boxing even in South Asia, the last few years have been extremely promising and India is well on the rise.