GUWAHATI, May 15 - The poster girl of Assam boxing, Ankushita Boro is eyeing a redemption and will be back to challenge the best as the India Open kicks off here on May 20. The 18-year-old boxer, who had a dream run back in 2017 at the World Youth Women’s Boxing Championships when she not only won the gold but was adjudged the best boxer of the tournament, is raring to go as she puts in the hard yards at the training camp in New Delhi.
The precocious talent, who has been touted as the future of Indian women’s boxing for quite some time, will be making her senior level debut in the second edition of the India Open. Knowing fully well that the challenge will be stiff in 64kg, the young pugilist is unperturbed. She will settle for nothing less than the gold.
“Yes, this is my senior level debut. In 2017, I won the gold in Youth Worlds. This is the first time I have come to the seniors. Will surely strive to give my best performance to get the gold,” said Boro, oozing confidence.
However, despite her sizzling run at home in the Youth Worlds in 2017, Boro failed to hit the headlines again for a year. On her lack of results in major tournaments last year, the Assam girl pointed out that her change of weight did not turn out to be as good as she had expected.
“I had changed my weight category to 60kg right after the Youth Worlds which I struggled to adjust to,” explained Boro. “The change hampered my performance and then after a lot of discussion with the coaches and backroom training helped me to restrategize and come back to the 64kg category. This year I have been training in 64kg and can readily feel the difference.”