In school he wanted to change his name, but has made peace with it now. Having fought ULFA militants while posted in Assam, the ‘ghatak commando’ finds competitive boxing much easier. He even battled depression when afflicted by vitiligo. Gaurav Bhatt tells the story of the India's welterweight medal hope at World Championship.
Mary Kom, a six-time world champion and an Olympic bronze-medallist, was chosen by the BFI selection panel based on her gold medal-winning performances at the India Open and a subsequent tournament in Indonesia.
Maxim Dadashev, a 28-year-old Russian, died July 23, four days after a light welterweight fight in Maryland. Hugo Alfredo Santillán, a 23-year-old Argentine, died July 25, five days after collapsing at the end of a lightweight fight in Buenos Aires.
Muhammad Ali was the most famous and celebrated fighter ever, but even he wasn't immune. The punches he took over his career brought on Parkinson's that silenced his once magnificent voice in his later years.
Comparisons of her dual role with a certain Manny Pacquiao only evoke laughter from MC Mary Kom but the five-time world champion says being an active boxer and a parliamentarian at the same time is no laughing matter.
Manny Pacquiao still trains with the joy that has been a trademark of his spectacular boxing career, but outside of the ring he speaks in ominous, Biblical tones about his political crusade against wickedness.