29-year-old Saweety Boora is one of the nation's favourite boxers. Her impeccable journey at the ongoing Women's World Championships speaks volumes about the kind of commitment she holds towards the sport. Boora just won a gold medal at the Championships finals in the 81 kg category defeating China's Wang Lina.
Born on January 10, 1993, in Hisar, Haryana in the family of a farmer named Mahender Singh, Saweety Boora never let her rural background or lack of facilities come in the way of her success. She was athletic from a very young age and before boxing, she was a state-level kabaddi player and a national-level basketball player. However, in 2009, Boora's father insisted she takes up boxing as a career and that's when she switched her field and focus. Initially, she trained at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University and used its grounds as her ring. However, she soon had to move out of Haryana to pursue boxing professionally.
Saweety Boora Journey
Saweety Boora is an Indian middleweight boxer who comes from Hisar, Haryana. She is representing India in the finals of the 81 kg category at the IBA Women's World Boxing Championships 2023 and has got everyone's eyes on her.
In 2014, Boora competed in the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships held in Jeju City and grabbed the silver medal in the 81 kg category after she lost to Yang Xiaoli of China. In 2019, however, she could reach the quarter-finals and got eliminated. In 2015, she was the only Indian woman to ever reach the finals of the Asian Women's Amateur Boxing Championships held in Wulanchabu and made India proud by bringing home the silver medal. She went on to win bronze and gold in the Asian Championships in the years 2021 and 2022 respectively. Boora is also the recipient of the Bhim Award awarded by the Haryana Government for her outstanding sports performance in the session 2015-16
In July 2022, Boora got married to kabaddi player Deepak Niwas Hooda, a fellow Haryanvi who is also the captain of the Indian national men's kabaddi team and regarded as one of the best all-rounders in kabaddi. Boora's younger sister Siwi Boora is also a lightweight boxer and has been a Khelo India Youth Games champion.
Indian boxer Nitu Ghanghas won gold in the 48 kg category at IBA Boxing Championships already on March 25 and now all eyes are on Boora whose match is next in line. She is one of the four boxers at the finals doing India proud.