Boxing: Former world medalist Sarjubala makes his professional debut on February 26

Former world championship silver medalist Sarjubala Devi is set to make her professional circuit debut on February 26, when she takes on Tanzanian Kayage Lulu Gaithabi in a 51kg class showdown in Dubai.

The little former youth world champion is registered with the Indian Boxing Council. Kayage, 31, has seven wins against six losses in his professional career.

”I trained very well. Although it is the same sport, there is a lot of difference between amateur and professional boxing. I used to box three rounds earlier, now it’s going to be six rounds so I’m preparing for that,’ said the Manipuri pugilist, who was also a multiple national medalist during her amateur years. in a press release.

”It’s not just skills; it is much more than that. Since fights are longer with more rounds, stamina is a big requirement.

“Besides the regular workouts at the gym, I also do long runs with my trainers, so I have the stamina for Pro fights. It’s exhaustive, but I appreciate it,” she added.

The 28-year-old also hoped amateur boxers would find more support to become professionals from the Indian Boxing Federation.

“According to the rules, only the number one boxer in each category in the country can represent the country in international tournaments. When the best boxer participates in the international tournament, the second and third players do not have the opportunity to play.

”I think the Indian Boxing Federation should allow amateur boxers to fight professional fights when they are not representing the country. This will help them to stay in shape for international exposure and at the same time gain some as most boxers in India come from humble backgrounds,” she said. Apart from Sarjubala’s professional debut, the evening in Dubai will also feature bouts between India and Pakistan.

Promoter Mujtaba Kamal believes the cards have the potential to be a big hit in the professional boxing scene.

The fight card features three current WBC India number one boxers in their respective weight classes – Faizan Anwar (WBC India Rank 1, Welter Weight), Lalrinsanga Tlau (WBC Youth World Champion & WBC India Rank 1, Super Featherweight), Nutlai Lalbiakkima (WBC India Rank 1, minimum weight).

The promoter said the fights will provide great purses for boxers.

”This is the first money of its kind for Indian and Pakistani boxers. On average, boxers will take 2500-3000 USD after the fight. Plus, we brought the fights to life on pay-per-view.

“Each boxer will receive around 7-10% of the subscription amount. This has never happened in the history of Indian and Pakistani professional boxing,’ he said.

The fight card: Faizan Anwar (IND) vs Yameen Khan (PAK) Sarjubala Devi (IND) vs Lulu Kayage (TAN) Lalrinsanga Tlau (IND) vs Muhammad Sikandar Abbasi (PAK) Nutlai Lalbiakkima (IND) vs Fida Muhammad (PAK) Laldingliana (IND) against Muhammad Ammar Khan (PAK) Shaikhom Rebaldo Singh (IND) against Mukhtiar Ahmed Kakar (PAK).

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