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Shiva Thapa : Bantamweight

 
Shiva Thapa is a 20-year-old boxer from Guwahati. He is currently ranked World No 2 and is the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics and put up a good show in London in 2012. His splendid boxing skills have fetched him ten gold, one silver and three bronze medals from 16 national and international tournaments. Shiva is the first Indian boxer to play for a WSB franchise – USA Knockout.
Shiva Thapa was born as the youngest of six siblings born to PadamThapa, a karate instructor in Guwahati. His father and elder brother GobindThapa, a national-level medal-winning boxer, were sources of inspiration for the young Thapa. Mike Tyson’s bouts also inspired him to take the sport seriously.

Career Highlights

2013: Won Gold in the Asian Boxing Championship, Amman, making him only the third Indian to win the tournament in the last two decades. Shiva has been ranked 3rd by the International Boxing Association. Quarter finalist at the World Boxing Championship, Kazakhstan. Participated in the World Series of Boxing under the USA franchise.

2012: At the Asian Olympic Qualifiers held in Astana, Kazakhstan, Shiva defeated Syria’s WessamSalamana 18-11 to clinch the gold medal and qualify for the 2012 London Olympics in the 56kg category. Thapa is the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics. He, however, lost in the first round of the London Olympics, 9-14 to Mexico’s Oscar ValdezFierro in the 56kg Bantamweight category.

2011: He won the Belgrade Winner Tournament by defeating World No.2 and Former World Champion DelaklievDetelin of Bulgaria in the finals. Shiva was a silver medalist at the National Games, 2011.

2010: At the Asian Youth Boxing Championships, Tehran, Thapa got knocked out in Quarter Finals.
At the Second Youth World Amateur Boxing Championships, Thapa was a part of the Indian team and qualified for the Summer Youth Olympics with a silver medal. In this run he also suffered a major injury. At the Summer Youth Olympics, Thapa won the silver medal in the 54kg category after losing to a Cuban boxer in the finals.

2009: Gold medalist at the European Grand Prix, Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic, 2009. He also represented India in the 52kg category at Junior World Boxing Championships in Armenia. Thapawas the lone international medalist from the team of seven boxers that travelled to Yerevan with a bronze medal.

2008: Won Bronze at the Children of Asia International Sports Games, Moscow, and Gold at the HaiderAliyev Cup.