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Warm welcome awaits Manipur pugilist duo

Imphal, June 14: Mayengbam Suranjoy Singh of Manipur who won a gold in the Asian Boxing Championship in Zhuhai, China yesterday and Thokchom Nanao Singh who bagged a silver, have brought cheer to the boxing fans of Manipur.

Though Nanao had been in the news recently for winning a gold medal in the AIBA-Youth World Boxing Championship in Mexico last November, little was heard about Suranjoy.

Waxing eloquent on the performance of Manipur boxers in the Asian circle, secretary of the Manipur Amateur Boxing Association and senior vice-president of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) Khoibi Salam said the association would accord a warm reception to the boxing heroes once they returned.

The duo are expected to land in India tomorrow.

Suranjoy, 22, a resident of Uchiwa Leirak Achouba in Imphal West, began his boxing career in 1998 at a small local competition in Lukram Leirak.

He received his training at the SAI camp in 1999 under coach Ibomcha Singh and joined the Navy in 2004.

He fetched a gold in the 32nd National Games in Hyderabad.

An euphoric Ibomcha Singh said Suranjoy was the first Indian in 15 years to win a gold medal.

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