Indian professional boxing is set to witness a historic move as World Boxing Council (WBC) endorses the Indian Championship fight between the country’s two top women boxers in their weight category, Chandni Mehra and Suman Kumari which is scheduled to take place as part of the LZ Promotions India Unleashed-Fight Night — the country’s first-ever Professional USA boxing event.
The World Boxing Council (WBC) is the most prestigious championship and one of the four major organisations which sanction professional boxing bouts globally. This is the first time ever that India will be hosting a title card sanctioned by the global body and contested by the two female fighters.
Chandni and Suman have been India’s top fighters in lightweight and featherweight categories and now will be challenging each other in this milestone bout aiming to become the first-ever WBC India Champion across both men and women categories.
“This is a game-changer for Indian professional boxing. I always believed that India has huge potential equally in men’s and women’s professional boxing. I would like to thank the WBC for believing in my vision to propel professional boxing and especially give Indian female boxers equal respect and opportunities as their male counterparts,” said Parm Goraya, CEO of LZ Promotions and India Unleashed Promoter.
While the professional boxing scene in India is still in its early stages, the sport has a strong niche audience and followership in India. The lockdown saw all live sports taking a halt. However, since the lockdown was eased in September 2020, there have been 16 fight nights that have been sanctioned by the Indian Boxing Council (IBC) and held so far.
“It’s a great development for Indian professional boxing and gives us the confidence that we at Indian Boxing Council (IBC) are on the right path. This title card would definitely be a game-changer for professional boxers as well as boxing in India,” said Brigadier General of Indian Boxing Council (IBC) Muralidharan Raja, who has also been recently affiliated by the Asian wing of WBC.
The female boxers taking on each other for the Lightweight 140lb belt, as part of India Unleashed-Fight Night scheduled to take place on May 1, is not only historic but will also be a giant step for female professional boxers and boxing in India.