Men's World Boxing Championships 2023: Team India announced

India is gearing up for the upcoming IBA Men's World Boxing Championships 2023 that is scheduled to take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from April 30 to May 14, 2023.

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By Abhiruchi Rout | Apr 10, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

India is gearing up for the upcoming IBA Men’s World Boxing Championships 2023 that is scheduled to take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from April 30 to May 14, 2023. Shiva Thapa, the six-time Asian Championship medalist who will be fighting in the 63.5 kg division, will be leading the Indian contingent. Thapa captured a bronze medal in the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and will try to add another medal to his collection. Deepak Bhoria, who earned the silver medal in the 2019 Asian Championships, will also compete for India’s team in the 51kg Flyweight division. 

Deepak Bhoria has been one of the most improved and evolved boxers in recent years, establishing himself on the global stage by defeating Uzbekistan’s 2016 Rio Olympic gold medalist and 2019 World Champion Shakhobidin Zoirov at the Strandja Memorial tournament in 2021. Bhoria, who had left the camp in January to undergo rehabilitation for a shoulder ailment, outperformed Amit Panghal, the Commonwealth Games champion and silver medalist at the World Championships, in the three-week evaluation procedure, earning 731 points to Panghal’s 682. Many have been astonished by Bhoria’s selection in the team, considering Panghal was anticipated to be chosen.

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Mohammad Hussamuddin, an accomplished campaigner and bronze medalist at the 2022 Asian Championships, will be participating for the Indian side in the extremely competitive 57 kg division. Ashish Chaudhary, the Tokyo Olympian who won silver at the Asian Championships in 2019, and Sachin Siwach, the 2021 World Youth Champion, are the other members of the Indian team who will be carrying the nation’s hopes on their shoulders. Siwach will be competing in the 54 kg bantamweight division for India.

Who else will be representing India?

Young fighters who won gold medals at the National Championships earlier this year, Varinder Singh (60 kg), Akash Sangwan (67 kg), Nishant Dev (71 kg), and Sumit Kundu (75 kg), will compete in their respective weight classes at the Men’s World Boxing Championships 2023. The group, which represented India at the 2021 World Boxing Championships, will attempt to capitalize on its success by winning gold this time around. In the 86 kg division, Rajasthan-native Harsh Choudhary will make his boxing debut at the Worlds, while national champions Naveen Kumar and Narender Berwal will compete in the 92 kg and 92+ kg divisions, respectively. 

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What the President of the BFI said

Ajay Singh, the President of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), expressed confidence in the Indian team’s abilities and hoped that they would make the country proud. He said, “Men’s team have been working extremely hard, and I wish them all the best. We had recently witnessed the Indian Women boxers giving one of the best medal hauls of all time at the Delhi World Championship, and I hope our boys will make us proud once again at the IBA Men’s World Boxing Championships.”

About the Men’s World Boxing Championships 2023

Around 640 boxers from 104 nations have already registered for the Men’s World Boxing Championships 2023, which included seven reigning World Champions from France, Japan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Cuba. Two boxers from each of the seven Olympic weight divisions – 51 kg, 57 kg, 63.5 kg, 71 kg, 80 kg, 92 kg, and 92+ kg will compete at the training camp before the competition. The winners of the gold medal will get reward money of USD 200,000, followed by the silver medalists with USD 100,000 and the bronze medalists with USD 50,000 each.

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