Mumbai Fighters, the only Indian team for the upcoming World Series of Boxing (WSB) has roped in star pugilist Akhil Kumar in their squad.

Akhil Kumar

With several international and national medals and awards in boxing, Akhil's "open guarded" style will be an asset to the team. A 2005 Arjuna awardee, Akhil's biggest achievement was his bantamweight (54 kg) gold at 2006 Commonwealth Games.

"Professional boxing is always something that excited me and joining the Mumbai Fighters will help me do that to a great extent. Being with them will not only help me train and get in better shape, but also help me to keep an eye on my ultimate aim of qualifying for me is the London Olympic Games," Akhil said.

"At the same time, India's participation in WSB is going to change the boxing scenario in the country and I want to be a part of the historic moment and give back to the sport which has given me so much," he added.