Ireland’s Paddy Gallagher, who boxes out of the Gleann BC and a Gold medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi has joined the Mumbai Fighters in this year’s World Series of Boxing (WSB).
In the Commonwealth 69kg final Gleann boxer Gallagher pressed forward on the front foot and scored with a succession of left hooks against Englands Callum Smith to secure his Gold medal.
Mumbai Fighters have unveiled their power-packed team which includes 17 top-class pugilists, comprised of 13 Indian and 4 foreign boxers. With reputed names such as Akhil Kumar, Balbir Singh, Jitender Kumar and Diwakar Prasad from India as well as Paul Koon (USA), Trent Rawlins (AUS) and Patrick Gallagher (IRL), the camp is confident of a real successful season.
AIBA President and Chairman of the WSB Board, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu stated: “As Chairman and on behalf of the WSB Board, I have been very impressed to witness how professional the Mumbai Fighters Franchise have been in creating such an operational team, becoming one of the most competitive through the recruitment of some excellent boxers. I am convinced that this squad will be highly regarded by their rivals when the competition starts next week. This confirms what we have always believed: India has a bright future in boxing and more even more so in this upcoming WSB season.”
The World Series of Boxing will also provide a great platform for the lesser known boxer to make a name for themselves and be recognised in the global boxing arena. Universal Sports, the Mumbai Fighters partner, hopes WSB will help grow the sport in India and its brand’s popularity. “We are quite certain that the requirement for Boxing equipment and apparel will grow as the Masses and the youth start to follow the sport. There will be a huge boost to the game when people start seeing boxing as a fitness alternative. Our Brands Punchline is ‘The Unbeatable’, we are very sure that the Mumbai Fighters will soon be the ‘unbeatables'”.
The final team for the Mumbai Fighters is:
Bantamweight: Jitender Kumar, Balbir Singh, Gaurav Bidhuri, Vipin Kumar
Lightweight: Akhil Kumar, Diwakar Prasad, Siddharth Varma
Middleweight: Patrick Gallagher, (Ireland), Mandeep Jangra, Vijay Hooda
Light Heavyweight: Marko Calic (Croatia), Jasveer Singh, Rahul Kumar
Heavyweight: Paul Koon (US), Trent Rawlins (Australia), Krishan Kumar, Sumit Rangi