Gaurav Bhatt

Articles By Gaurav Bhatt

Vijender Singh set for last ‘medium’ fight

Indian boxer to take on a Ghanaian journeyman on Friday; promoters say next bout could be a ‘big one’

Ritu Phogat earns dominant win in MMA debut

On Saturday, the 25-year-old answered all questions, in a debut that was as good as it gets. Sure, a 10-second knockout would have been more hysterical. But Ritu's 3minute40second-dismantling of South Korea's Nam Hee Kim ticked all the boxes.

Meet Manipur’s rising Mix Martial Arts star

Roshan Mainam, who won his ONE Championship debut bout last week, is tipped to make waves

Mary Kom on punches, prayers and what still drives her

Boxing champion MC Mary Kom, with a record-breaking eighth World Championship under her belt, has the answer.

Dangal in China: The story of wrestler Ritu Phogat

Armed with new skills and desire to be different, Ritu Phogat now prepares to fight in China, where Bollywood has made ‘Phogat’ a household name.

Ahead of WWE debut in Saudi Arabia, Tyson Fury sets sights on MMA

Fury has dressed up as Batman to annoy former champion Wladimir Klitschko, strutted down to James Brown's 'Living in America' a la Apollo Creed from Rocky IV, and donned a luchador mask in the build-up to the Wallin fight.

AIBA Women’s World’s campaign delivers 4 medals, and points to dwell on

Head coach Mohammad Ali Qamar broke down the good and the bad of the campaign in Russia during Tuesday's felicitation ceremony.

‘Sentimental’ boxer Lalitha Prasad Polipalli overcomes depression, wins gold

Prasad's gold at the nationals in Baddi came almost a year to the day his 11-year-old brother attempted to take his life.

Manju Rani: Landing the right punches

Despite losing in the Worlds final, Manju's growth in and out of the ring makes her one to watch out for.

Controversy after Mary, Lovlina lose, AIBA rejects India’s review appeals

Rules tweaked on the fly and insufficient explanations are par for course for AIBA, boxing’s governing body which has been stripped of its right to host the Olympic boxing tournament in Tokyo next year.

Mary Kom head and shoulders above rest

In the semifinals on Saturday, Mary Kom will be up against second-seeded Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey, the reigning European Champion and European Games gold medallist.

Boxing Nationals: After a luckless run, heavyweight Sangwan enjoys rub of the green

Sangwan's much-fancied opponent Naman Tanwar had to pull out of Thursday's title clash in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh due to shoulder trouble. Of course, Wednesday's semifinal compensated for the lack of hardships in the final.

Sarita Devi: Rolling with the punches

Sarita Devi boxed in the first women’s world c’ships nearly two decades ago but retains fire in her belly.

Peek over the great wall: Sparring sessions with Chinese boxers go well for Indians

Indian women boxers have had sparring sessions with the elusive Chinese at a camp in Italy where they had a possible look behind the curtains, on how women boxing's biggest powerhouse train.

Amit Panghal: I cover points in later rounds, but the impression of the 1st round stays on

Amit Panghal spoke with The Indian Express, sharing his thoughts on the final, whether there's a need to change his strategy of leaving things for the later rounds, and the doping violation from 2012.

Minutes before Amit Panghal’s silver, bout and reruns on ‘home theatre’

The audience of 60-odd comprised the village priest, pradhan, the shopkeepers who had closed early for the day and Panghal’s relatives and friends.

Second best: Amit Panghal settles for silver at World Boxing Championships

Amit Panghal settles for silver, India’s first in men’s world boxing c’ships, after he goes down fighting in the flyweight final.

Amit Panghal: India’s best flyweight — make that ‘slyweight’

Friday’s World Championship semifinal was tricky. Saken Bibossinov was three inches taller and preferred fighting from a distance. And the southpaw Kazakh was coming into the bout with a strong win over European gold-medallist Artur Hovhannisyan.

‘The punch no one saw coming’: Pangal to fight for gold today in World Boxing Championship

“I remember when he moved up from the junior camp to the seniors. He was so ill-disciplined. He would come late to practice, sometimes he wouldn’t show up at all. Anyway, our contender at that time was Devendro.”

Fight of their lives: Manish Kaushik, Amit Panghal enter semis of World Boxing Championships

In his run-up to the semifinal, Kaushik has defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Kadyrbek Uulu Argen, Mongolian Olympian and 2018 Asian Championship silver-medallist Baatarsukh Chinzorig, Dutch Olympian and two-time European medallist Enrico Lacruz and Brazil’s Wanderson de Oliviera.