Boxing in India

In 1925, the first governing body for boxing in India, Bombay Presidency Amateur Boxing Federation was formed in Mumbai. Mostly due to the efforts of H.V. Pointon, the President of the Bombay Presidency Amateur Boxing Federation (1944–48), Indian Amateur Boxing Federation was founded on February 25, 1949. Major F.G. Baker became the first secretary at the inaugural meeting at the Governor’s Pavilion of the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai. Bombay (Mumbai) became the headquarters of the body. The first National Championships were held at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in March 1950.

Boxing, as a sport in India, does not command a significant fan following, which is often attributed to the lack of discernible international exposure. However, despite Indian limited success in global championships events, athletes have regularly won medals at the Asian and Commonwealth Games.

Even though India has many boxing champions associated with it, but still the current scenario of the game is quite disturbing. With limited training and other facilities for the sportsmen, they still thrive to achieve a level of performance internationally. But the plight of the professionals remains the absence of platform to perform.

Since the first national boxing championship in 1950, India has not established any platform for professional boxers. But now, IPBA (Indian Professional Boxing Association) aspires to revolutionize the professional boxing sport in India. The Indian Professional Boxing Association wants the world to see India as a premiere breeding ground of power sports in the world of sports. After a long wait of 65 years, India is stepping into Professional Boxing.

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