World Championship silver medalist Amit Panghal (52kg) has been ranked number one by the IOC’s Boxing Task Force ahead of next month’s Olympic qualifiers. He is first boxer after a decade to achieve this feat. Vijender Singh was ranked number one in 2009 in his category.
The ranking took into account the last two world championship and the continental games and championships in 2019.
In women’s boxing, the two time World Championship bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain is ranked 3rd in 69kg category. She is the currently the highest ranked Indian women boxer.
In men’s boxing, Panghal has enjoyed phenomenal run since 2017 and the 24 year old has won Silver in Commonwealth games and Gold in Asian Games. Last year he won Gold at Asian meet and became first Indian to win Silver at World Championship. He holds the number one position with 420 points.
Asian Silver medalist, Kavinder Singh Bisht is ranked 7th in 57 kg category with 190 points. World Championship bronze medalist Gaurav Bidhuri is ranked 32nd in same category.
Six time World Champion MC Mary Kom is currently ranked fifth with 225 points in 51kg category and her rival Nikhat Zareen is ranked 22nd with 75 points. Two time World and Asian silver winner Sonia Chahal is ranked 10th in women’s 57kg category .
Manoj Kumar, three time commonwealth medalist is placed 21st in 69kg category while Ashish is ranked 22nd in same category. Manish Kaushik is ranked 12 in 63kg category followed by Shiva Thapa, who is ranked 36th.
Asian Olympic qualifiers will start next month in Amman, Jordan after due to corona outbreak in China trials were cancelled. Final World qualifiers will be held in Paris. Winner in all these events will get more points and will have chances to be seeded in Olympics games.