Earlier this week the Boxing Federation of India have announced that they have nominated two boxers for the massively significant Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna annual awards.
The fighters that have been nominated are Vikas Krishan and Amit Panghal, who have both been staples of the Indian boxing scene for years.
The Boxing Federation of India has seen Panghal turned down for the award in the past due to a positive drug test earlier in his career, which was reportedly caused by medication to treat chickenpox, and they have vowed to nominate him every year until he wins.
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna annual awards are the highest sporting honours available in India and are named after a former prime minister. Each sporting discipline is allowed to nominate two participants, though no boxer has picked up the award since 2009, when Mary Kom and Vijender Singh shared the award along with Wrestler Sushil Kumar.
The Federation has also nominated a trio of fighters for the Arjuna Award. They are the world bronze medal winning trio of Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Simranjit Kaur (64kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg).
Uzbek fighter Isrial Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov] made his professional debut recently and looked like a sensational talent, stopping Vladimir Hernandez in the 6th round of a scheduled 10 round contest.
Today it was revealed by several Uzbek sources that Madrimov had been voted the Asian fighter of the year for his amateur, by the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC), who look after Amateur boxing in Asia.
Madrimov took 46.76% of the votes with Indian fighter Amit Panghal coming second with 28.03% of the vote and Madrimov's Uzbek compatriot Ikboljon Kholdarov taking third place with just over 11$% of the vote.
Whilst it's clear that Madrimov's future lies in professional boxing it's still great to see his exploits getting recognised by the ASBC, and in fact it's brilliant that Panghal is also being recognised for what has been a stand out year for the Indian fighter.
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