NATIONAL Champ Sarita Devi Turns Pro Creating History Among Indian Female Boxers

December 21st, 2016 | by e Bangla
NATIONAL Champ Sarita Devi Turns Pro Creating History Among Indian Female Boxers

FORMER world champion Laishram Sarita Devi from the north-eastern state of Manipur has created record by becoming the first Indian woman boxer to opt for professional. She will contest as a professional boxer under the sponsorship of the Indian Boxing Council (IBC).The 31-year-old lightweight boxer (60kg) has signed a two-year deal with IBC’s commercial partners – Sporty Boxing Private Limited. Defending her decision to turn professional, she said “I was on a curve where one needed to make a crucial decision about the competitive playing career. I needed an opportunity to extend my playing career and finances to live up to my dream of promoting talent in my home state Manipur. ”
She said that she does not intend to give up on the amateur circuit if the Boxing Federation of India allows her to do so.
She was the bronze medallist in 2014 Asian Games that had ended involved her in a controversy. She had protested against the jury’s decision in her semi-final bout and refused to accept her bronze medal at the podium. It led to one-year suspension of Sarita from all AIBA events. What irked her more was that she was not only cold shouldered by the games authority but also her fraternity at home.
Arjuna Awardee and multiple champions Sarita Devi, employed as a Deputy Commissioner of Manipur Police and have been granted permission by her department and the State Home Department to become professional. The silver medallist at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games has already begun the training for the new stint.
“I am a professional boxer now. I have already started training as a pro. I am training hard. My first target is an Asian title in the next six months. My ultimate goal is to retire as a World Champion.” Sarita is a former world champion and four-time Asian champion boxer who has spent close to 16 years inside the square ring, competing, training and constantly sparring. The Imphal born boxer is a loving mother of a son.
Since starting her career in 2000, Sarita has the unique distinction of winning Asian championship medals in five different weight categories, including four gold medallions, Her spouse is a national-level football player who dreams of making his son a footballer. “His dad wants his son to be a footballer and is planning to send him to European academy as soon as he reaches the suitable age,” she says with laughter in her voice, “but these days he is more inclined towards music, and even sings Hindi songs with proper lyrics. I can’t even remember those lyrics. I tease my husband Thoiba sometimes that his intention to see his boy as a footballer might not materialise’, she revealed in an interview to TOI Sports.

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