High hopes for Lovlina

Remember Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky? If you do then you additionally remember Rocky’s trainer. The quiet, severe and no nonsense man who toiled day and evening inside a hot and sweaty gym, coaching one boxer after the opposite. Padum Boro isn't any different.
The guy from Guwahati has been training boxers for 26 years. He labored at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres in Shillong and Dimapur earlier than he began imparting his talents at Netaji Subhas Regional Centre in Guwahati — the place where Shiva Thapa used to train — from 2008. Here he has been coaching junior boxers — 34 at the present — twice day by day together with his deputy Abhishek Sha and it's he who should be given the credit for Lovlina Borgohain changing into a boxer in the first position.

The girl from Golaghat district started studying kick boxing at first. She was once no longer the first in the family even though. Her elder twin sisters — Licha and Lima — were additionally kick boxers and represented their state at nationwide age-group ranges but have no longer taken it up as a occupation. But for Lovlina, boxing was once her old flame and she was once at all times in search of an opportunity. And it got here inside a few months after she began studying kick boxing. SAI was once protecting an ordeal at her college, Barpathar Girls High School, and Lovlina wasted no time in going there and showing her talents. It was once here that Boro saw her, decided on her after which began coaching. It was once 2012.

Cut to 2018, she is all set to represent India at the Commonwealth Games to be held at Gold Coast in the 69kg category. She has been decided on for the prestigious match at the back of a few brilliant performances in the fresh months — gold at India Open, bronze at Asian Championships in Vietnam and bronze at President’s Cup in Astana. Despite all this luck she isn't fascinated by a CWG medal but and simply needs to provide off her very best in Australia, where she shall be going through one of the most global’s very best.

“Kazakhstan’s Valentina Khalzova beat me at the Asian Championships and she shall be my greatest problem at CWG. Sandy Ryan from England shall be another difficult opponent,” said Lovlina, who is recently coaching at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, alongwith the opposite boxers decided on for the Commonwealth Games. Irrespective of the way she plays, her coaches are in reality happy with her.

Chief women’s trainer Shiv Singh, who has been along with her from the sub-junior days, said, “Her co-ordination has improved and so has her directly punches. But her greatest certain is that she will be able to adapt smartly with the situation and perform accordingly.”

Sandhya Gurung, who is a part of the training staff, additionally complimented her perspective. “She is an excessively arduous worker and at all times immersed in boxing,” said Gurung.

As for her parents, they may no longer were happier. Her father Tiken Borgohain, a small-scale businessman, and mom Mamoni, have struggled so much financially but nonetheless enhance her in each possible method. Sadly, neither of them has noticed their daughter fight reside but for the instant, they only wish to see Lovlina finish at the podium.

“Since she has at all times been very tall, her friends in school used to make amusing of her but it’s her height that has helped her grow to be the boxer she is today, and confidently, she is going to win a medal in Australia,” said Tiken.


Abhishek Sha, who has been related to Lovlina from 2014, already has his eyes at the Tokyo Olympic Games. “When I first got here here, I began coaching each Lovlina and Jamuna Boro with one goal in mind and that is to look them prevail at the Olympics,” said Sha.


Even even though Jamuna Boro has no longer made the cut for this year’s Commonwealth Games, she has been in good shape winning bronze at the Elite Women Nationals held in Rohtak and likewise at the India Open this year and together with Lovlina, has made their coaches extremely proud. If Padum Boro is to be believed, Lovlina has all of the arsenal in her armoury that is needed to move a step farther.


“She has a fierce higher cut. That’s what sets her apart within the ring,” said the senior trainer, earlier than getting busy with his pupils once once more.


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