Before 2012, Ankushita Bora did not know much about boxing. However, an unexpected opportunity presented itself to the Assam pugilist when one of her friends told her about a boxing track for aspiring boxers in his state. Ankushita took advantage of the opportunity presented to it and there has been no stop since.
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The 19-year-old from the Sonitpur district of Assam is one of the most promising young boxers in the country. She had to travel outside her village to train, but that didn’t stop the grainy girl from chasing her dreams. Ankushita made rapid progress once she became familiar with the sport. Originally from the land of star boxers like Lovlina Borgohai and Jamuna Boro, the biggest milestone of his fledgling career came 5 years in the sport – a gold medal at the 2017 AIBA World Junior Women’s Boxing Championships.
The highest step of On the podium, Ankushita also won the best boxer title of the tournament. The medal of the world junior championships was a major motivation to help Ankushita to push harder. The teenage boxer was part of India’s training camp last year and, in January, he won the gold medal of 64 kg at the Youth Games in Khelo, India. It was one of the greatest achievements of my career.
When I started boxing, nationals were banned. Before, we only participated in district level tournaments. But when it was lifted, I participated in the nationals. I represented India. It was indeed a dream come true for me to win the Junior World Championships, said Ankushita today. The lockdown due to the new coronavirus pandemic has come as a break, but Ankushita is doing its best to work on its fitness and skills with support from the Adani group’s Garv Hai campaign.
Our trainers have given us training routines for locking. We normally train with our partners. Now that we have no more partners, we are doing exercises at home, explained Ankushita day by day. Right now, we are doing fitness. And we work on your skills, analyze our techniques. Yes, I am in contact with my coaches.
Speaking of her introduction to the sport that she later fell in love with, Ankushita, we didn’t know much about boxing in our village. At the start, I didn’t know much about the sport, but a course was set up here. A friend of mine told me about it and took me there. I participated and I learned the basics and I was finally selected. From 2012, I started professional-level training.
Ankushita wants to follow in the footsteps of his idol and 6-time world champion Mary Kom. When Mary won the Olympic bronze in London in 2012, Ankushita began her boxing journey. A glimpse of her boxing hero in action is enough to make Ankushita forget the world and work toward her goals with more motivation.
When I started boxing, the London Olympics were held and Mary Kom won a medal there. My biggest sports idol is Mary Kom. I follow her and her matches relentlessly. Just seeing it in action motivates me. She helped me push myself harder. Mary Kom’s physical form and technique are something that amazes me. His foot movement is great and it’s something I want to learn and integrate into my game.
I work hard at the junior level. But I know that I must at least double my efforts if I am to find success at the senior level. Last year, I participated in the national championships and I did well and I want to take it to the international level.