Fighting fit: What it takes to build a career in boxing

Fitness, will and long hours of training are needed to make a mark in a sport that is gaining viewers in India

Namrata Kohli New Delhi

Boxing requires long hours of training in the ring. (Representative photo)

Manisha Moun’s boxing career began on childhood advice. “I was fighting the whole day with people in my school. That is when my boxing coach spotted me and told me 'why don’t you do boxing',” she says.
Moun, 25, is competing at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship 2023 in Delhi. When she started training in 2011, women in boxing were rare. “In year 2013 I got my first gold medal and became the best boxer in Haryana. Then the BFI was formed within two years and I got to play the nationals. That is when I got a silver medal and my first foreign tour. This is the time I felt that boxing can be looked at as a viable career option, something which can allow me to take care of my financial situation and help me fulfil my responsibilities,” she says, referring to the Boxing Federation of India.
Women boxers are knocking down gender barriers and prejudices. "We have five women boxers from Bhiw

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