Asian Games medallist boxer Manpreet Singh goes pro

Updated: Dec 13, 2016, 10:13 IST | PTI

With professional boxers now welcome in all national and international amateur events, former Asian Games silver-medallist Manpreet Singh has decided to take the plunge after one of Indian boxing’s biggest employers -- the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) -- allowed its pugilists to compete on the circuit

Indian boxer Manpreet Singh. pic/getty images
Indian boxer Manpreet Singh. Pic/ Getty images

Guwahati: With professional boxers now welcome in all national and international amateur events, former Asian Games silver-medallist Manpreet Singh has decided to take the plunge after one of Indian boxing’s biggest employers -- the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) -- allowed its pugilists to compete on the circuit.

In a move that could set a precedent for other institutional boards, which are wary of letting boxers employed with them compete on the professional circuit, SSCB has finally relented.

“The SSCB and the Army Sports Control Board have allowed their boxers to compete in the professional circuit. This move came about because of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s intervention. He has sanctioned this decision,” Brig PK Muralidharan Raja, President of the Indian Boxing Council, a licensing body for professional boxers, revealed.

Also deciding to go professional is Som Bahadur Pun, a former Commonwealth Games silver-medallist. Pun had been rendered inactive owing to his ill-health. Pun will be competing in the super middleweight category. Joining him will be Sanjay Kolte, a former world cadet silver-medallist, who won a gold medal at the 2010 World Military Games.

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