British Lionhearts have roped in three Indian boxers for the World Series Boxing. World Championships bronze medallist Vikas Krishan, Commonwealth champion Manoj Kumar and King’s Cup silver medallist K Shyam Kumar have fetched contracts for the semi-professional event.
Vikas (75kg) and Manoj (69kg) will get into the ring on May 11 in Paris when British Lionhearts take on France Fighting Roosters. Shyam Kumar (49 kg) will make his debut for the Lionhearts, who are in the quarter-finals of the WSB, on May 20 in the return contest in London.
The clashes in Paris and London will decide whether British Lionhearts make the semifinals.
“Only three weight categories had vacant slots and we offered these boxers. The British team was keen on Shyam among the two light flyweights that we nominated. But Vikas and Manoj were our sole entries in 69kg and 75kg,” a senior Boxing Federation of India official has told PTI.
WSB is owned by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and boxers compete without vests or head-guards in five rounds of three minutes each. The bouts are scored by professional-style 10-Point-Must-System.
India did not have any participation thus far in the ongoing WSB season even though boxers such as Shiva Thapa and Gaurav Bidhuri have competed in the event in its previous seasons.