Mayengbam Thomas Meitei who entered semi final of the Men’s Light Welter weight at the 21st International Boxing Simon Trestin Memorial Boxing Tournament 2017 at Odessa in Ukraine made India proud by winning a gold medal. He beat boxer Allaaah of the host nation by 3:0 to become champion in the men’s 64kg category.
The Servicesman from Uchiwa Leirak Achauba, Mayang Imphal, Manipur is the son of M Hemanta Meitei and M Madhumala Leima. He has earlier won many medals at the national levels with the best boxer title. He had also represented India in the international boxing tournament cum training in Kazakashtan and secured 3rd position. This is the maiden gold medal of the boxer at international level.
Thomas who knocked out boxer Shtonda Walentin of the host nation Ukraine in the 1st minute of the 2nd round in the quarter final bout reached the final by walk over as his opponent from Kazakhstan did not turn up in the semi final. Thomas had to beat another boxer of the host nation to become champion in the tournament.
The good news of the Indian boxing team did end here as another young Serviceman Laldinmawia won another gold medal for India in men’s 52kg category. This is the first gold medal for the young Mizo boxer. The young pugilist from Mizoram is six times national champion and won eight medals in his national level career. The 27th Junior (men) National Boxing Championship 2011 Pune (Maharastra) gold medalist & Best Boxer award winner represented India at the 12th Junior international Boxing Tournament 2010 Almaty (Kazakhstan) where he won a bronze medal.
India added another medal to her kitty when Neraj Swami bagged a bronze medal. He competed in men’s Light Fly weight (49kg).
The Indian team was represented by five boxers:
1) Neeraj Swami (49kg) — bronze
2) Laldinmawia (52kg) — gold
3) Mayengbam Thomas Meitei (64kg) — gold
4) Ashish Kumar (75kg) and
5) Reyal Puri (81kg).