Decorated Indian woman boxer and Olympian Sarjubala Devi has decided to enter the professional arena and for that, she has signed a deal with leading Indian boxing promoter Mujtaba Kamal and Grassroot Boxing Promotions and Management in Imphal.
Mujtaba’s company currently manages some of the top Indian professional boxers like Sabari J (current WBC India champion), Karthik S (WBC Asian silver winner), Faizan Anwar, Lalrinsanga Tlau (WBC youth world champion), Asif Asad, Gurpreet Singh, and some other boxers.
The update has been announced today in a press conference, in which Mujtaba said that he was happy to have added a sensational boxing talent to his stable. He said, “Today marks a significant day for our sport with the news that Sarjubala is joining the professional ranks,“; “She is one of the most recognised Indian women’s amateur boxers of all time and a public figure in Manipur.”
Indian Boxing Council President, Brigadier PK Muralidharan Raja said: “Sarjubala is an outstanding boxer and this is great news for her and all the fans who have followed her incredible career’; “Her career and familial background are already an inspiration to young people in the state of Manipur and we’re very excited for her first professional fight in February 2022. It would not be long before she is able to fight in her homeland in front of a raucous crowd who love her to bits.” will Sarjubala Devi will be making her professional boxing debut on February 26 in Dubai.
But, who is Sarjubala Devi ? Let us tell you some facts about her.
Sarjubala Devi, born on 1st March 1993 is an Indian woman boxer from Manipur and represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is referred to as the next Mary Kom. She has been awarded as the Best Boxer at Youth World Women Boxing Championship organized in Turkey. She used to be part of the 48 kg category but recently changed it to 51 kg category. After the change, she claimed a Gold Medal at the National Women’s Boxing Championship 2018 (Fly category). She also won the Best Boxer award at the 7th Youth Women National Championship in Patiala and in the 14th Senior Women Boxing Competition.
The 28-year-old Manipuri, a silver medallist in the 2014 AIBA World Boxing Championship in Korea. Sarjubala is also a four-time national champion, has represented India in many international tournaments, and has won medals in almost all competitions that she has participated in.