Assam boxer on a high

Ankushita Boro (right) after winning the match against Thanchanok Saksri on Friday. Picture by Manash Das

Guwahati: Assam pugilist Ankushita Boro is one of the few from the reserve bench to make it to the national senior squad for long term, says national team coach Bhaskar Bhatt.

“I have trained a lot of talented boxers from Assam, such as Kalpana Choudhury, Minu Basumatary and Pwilao Basumatary, who have always been immensely impressive. Ankushita has lots of potential to make the cut to the senior national squad and she will stay for a long term. She is very young, agile and swift. She is as gifted as Shiva Thapa,” he said.

Northeastern boxers like M.C. Mary Kom and L. Sarita Devi of Manipur have served the nation for over a decade and are still forces to reckon with. However, Ankushita’s weight group of under-64 kg (light welter weight) is yet to be included in the summer Olympics. “But she will have to stay focused,” the coach added.

“We are taking one goal at a time for Ankushita. We are absolutely focused on her gold in the AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championship so that she qualifies for the Youth Olympics next year,” Bhatt said.

Asked about her surge in performance since she made her international debut early this year, Ankushita gave credit to the state government-run boxing academy here.

“I have learnt the basics from coach Pranamika Bora at the Sports Authority of India sub-centre in Golaghat for three years till 2015. I joined the state academy after she was transferred from Golaghat. I met Tridib Bora at the state academy. That moulded my career to this level in just over a year. I am highly indebted to my coaches Pranamika Bora and Tridib Bora,” the 17-year-old Tezpur girl said.

On winning crowd support in her roller-coaster ride to the final of the ongoing championship, Ankushita said: “This is a wonderful experience to win in front of the home crowd. Their support gives me an extra edge over every opponent I face. My parents at the stands make me stronger. I’ll certainly win the gold for everyone.”

News Source Telegraph India

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