Imphal: Manipur, the land of jewel, has been known as a powerhouse of sports for many years by producing some of the greatest country’s athletes, ranging from mighty MC Mary Kom to weightlifter Sanjita Chanu, to name few. Adding another laurel to its glory is a 16-year-old pugilist Kh Anju Devi from Imphal West, who recently won a gold medal at the 5th edition of the Black Forest Cup in Villingen, Schwenningen, Germany.
Anju Devi (50 kg) was among the five Indian junior women boxers who clinched gold at the international boxing ring along with the ‘most promising boxer’ title of the tournament.
Team India was adjudged the best of the tournament among the ten countries that participated at the international tournament.
“I am very happy about this win. All my hard work towards the game has been slowly bearing fruit. And I am also overwhelmed because my coach had kept on telling me that he would want to see me as an international player by 2020 and finally, this has come true slowly,” said the elated boxer.
Since she started her boxing career in 2012 under the supervision of coach L Chitaranjan Singh, Anju Devi has reach each feat with creed, determination and hard work.
Speaking to EastMojo, the young pugilist, who idolises world champion MC Mary Kom, said that the senior Indian boxer was one of the main reasons behind her decision to become a boxer and make the nation proud by staying on top of her game.
And nevertheless, this budding star player from Manipur has already started doing wonders for the country with her commendable performance at the international tournament.
At present, Anju Devi is undergoing a grueling training session under an American coach Ronald Simms Jr at the Inspire Institute of Sports (IIS), one of India’s first privately-funded high performances training centres by the JSW Group, in Karnataka.
Commenting on her training at the academy, Anju Devi said: “I am very happy to be trained at the IIS training centre under Coach Ronald. Not only I am learning different techniques of boxing but I am also improving my English speaking skills.”
Honing her skills and packing a powerful punch, this Manipuri woman junior boxer, if selected during the trial, is also eyeing for a powerful performance at the upcoming Serbian Youth & Junior Tourney and Asian Games this year.
Team EastMojo wishes the best for her future endeavours.