India has long been said to be the sleeping giant when it comes to boxing. With more and more shows scheduled each year, more and more boxers are turning professional, and the number of Indian boxers winning respectable titles is skyrocketing.
The World Boxing Council, under the leadership of President Mauricio Sulaiman, has gone so far as to establish the WBC India Commission together with the Indian Boxing Council in August 2021. area.
“We are extremely proud to witness new horizons for boxing in India. We have already witnessed several Indian boxers who have won the championship,” Sulaiman said in an official statement.
Arif Khan, who founded The Punch Boxing, is arguably the largest and most successful promoter in the region. Since stepping into the promotion business in 2018, he has staged eight shows across the country. These shows have received a fair amount of coverage on local television and the press, and are in contention for the WBC title.
Speaking about the show, which could take place in Dubai in 2023, Khan said of his future plans: It focuses on bringing international talent to India and turning the best amateur fighters into professionals. “
There are many Indian boxers in the spotlight, but a notable couple is Sagar Narwat and Harsh Gill.
Narwat is a seasoned super welterweight with high expectations. In his 15th professional fight, he won the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Title, although he has only made one appearance this year. His growing fan base can’t wait to see him back in the ring in early 2023.
Gill has also attracted the interest of many boxing fans in his hometown. After starting his career as a heavyweight, he was demoted to cruiserweight and challenged Kwak Sung Jin for his WBC Asian Continental title. His style still needs tweaking, but it was certainly exciting and led him to his eighth straight win.
“My main focus is fighting for the cruiserweight world title. With The Punch Boxing, I will be the first boxer from India to become world champion.”