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Young Assamese Boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg) became the youngest one from the country to clinch a gold medal defeating Jordanian Obada Alkabeh at the Asian Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan on July 8.
He made his Olympic debut in London last year, as the youngest Indian Boxer to qualify for the Olympics. Another London Olympian boxer L Devendro Singh from Manipur also won a silver medal in the same championship in 49kg category.
Shiva Thapa, the youngest of the six siblings born to Padam Thapa, a Gorkha karate instructor in Guwahati is being managed by Anglian Medal-Hunt Company and Olympic Gold Quest.
“This is a very rewarding win for me. I have been training very hard to make sure I perform to best of my ability and I am very happy to have won the Asian Champion title,” said Thapa.
National coach GS Sandhu was all praise for the way Thapa fought.
“Shiva is a very perceptive boxer and has to ability to quickly adapt his game according to that of his opponent. He also possesses some great fire power which we saw in abundance today. I am very pleased to see him win the continental title, which will also be a great boost for his confidence and in his preparations for the World Championships,” said Sandhu.