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IOS Boxing Promotions sign 13 new pugilists

After signing big names like Beijing Olympians Vijender Singh, Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, IOS Boxing Promotions on Tuesday announced the signing of 13 more pugilists.

Among them are Olympian Diwakar Prasad, Commonwealth Games medallist Amandeep Singh and WBC Asia welterweight champion Neeraj Goyat and MMA champion fighter Pawan Mann.

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Mary Kom, Vikas Krishnan honoured at AIBA's 70th Anniversary celebrations

Five time world champion MC Mary Kom got the AIBA Legends award while former Asian Games champion Vikas Krishnan received the AIBA Pro Boxing Best Boxer trophy at the International Boxing Federation's (AIBA) 70th anniversary in Switzerland on Wednesday.

Both Indian boxers were present at the ceremony along with Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President Ajay Singh.

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Vijender Singh knocks out Francis Cheka to retain WBO title

India's Vijender Singh outpunched Tanzania's Francis Cheka by technical knockout at the Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title. The 31-year-old Indian took just three rounds to conquer the current African champion in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight division to extend his unbeaten streak to eight bouts since turning professional.

Cheka, a veteran of 16 years at the professional level, had won 32 of his 43 bouts before Saturday's fight and was expected to give a strong challenge to Vijender. But the Haryana pugilist proved far too superior to his 34-year-old opponent.

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Vijender Singh to defend WBO title against Francis Cheka on Saturday

Indian boxing star Vijender Singh on Tuesday said that he is well prepared to face Tanzanian Francis Cheka as he bids to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title in New Delhi on Saturday.

Olympic 2008 bronze medallist Vijender, who is on a highly impressive 7-0 unbeaten record, sounded confident during the pre-bout face-off against 34-year-old Cheka, the former World Boxing Federation (WBF) champion.

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Shiva and Manoj clinch Gold medals at Boxing Nationals

Asian Games gold medallist boxer and local favourite Shiva Thapa clinched the gold medal in the Lightweight (60kg) category after thrashing Haryana's Ankush in the final of the Senior Men's National Championships here on Tuesday.

Commonwealth Games medallist Manoj Kumar also clinched the gold in Welterweight (69kg) category while Manipur's Laishram Devendro Singh had to settle for the silver after losing his Flyweight (52kg) bout to Chandigarh's Deepak Singh.

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