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IOS Boxing Promotions signs Olympians Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar

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New Delhi: IOS Boxing promotions on Saturday, signed a multi-year professional boxing agreement with Indian Boxing Stars and Olympians Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar. The two boxers are most likely to make their pro debut on 1st April. The fight night will see Akhil and Jitender’s return to the ring after a long time.

The two boxers, Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, are close friends to one another and are serving as Deputy Superintendent of police with Haryana Government have recently got the permission to turn professional.

Akhil Kumar, the Commonwealth Games 2006 Gold medalist and Beijing Olympics Quarterfinalist, has spearheaded the Indian boxing contingent at numerous international tournaments for years, including World Cup (2008) where he won a bronze medal, Commonwealth Federation Boxing Championship (2005) where he grabbed another gold medal and Asian Championship is all set to begin his professional-boxing journey with IOS Boxing Promotions. The experienced boxer has represented country in nearly 250 bouts while appearing in his amateur career.

Speaking about his decision to turn pro, the “open guarded” boxing style boxer, Akhil said, “I am very grateful to the authorities for granting me permission to turn towards pro boxing. It is going to be a very exciting new phase in my boxing career, with our promoter Neerav Tomar.” Akhil added, “I am looking forward to this new beginning in my boxing career, and will train hard to make my country proud and have a great professional boxing career.”

Jitender Kumar is another big name of Indian boxing who has signed up with IOS Boxing Promotions a multi-year pro agreement. The 28-year old Bhiwani boxer who won bronze medal in Commonwealth Games 2006 appeared in flyweight category. His achievements range from grabbing a bronze medal in the Asian Championship 2007, to another bronze in the World Cup 2009.

Speaking about the new development related to his boxing career, Olympian Jitender Kumar spoke, “I am thankful to the government of Haryana. I am very excited about this new beginning in my life. Returning to the ring as a professional boxer is something very encouraging and motivating not just for me as a boxer but also all the youngsters around India who want to turn towards boxing.”

On the occasion of signing Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, Neerav Tomar, Promoter, IOS Boxing Promotions said, “This signing shows, that we are going in the correct direction of pro boxing.  I am thankful to the Government of Haryana for letting the senior boxers turn pro. Boxers like Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar are a big motivational factor for the sport of pro-boxing in our country. This will encourage more and more people to come out and join the sport. Akhil and Jitender will make their debut very soon.”

IOS Boxing Promotions is looking forward to bring more big names under professional boxing in the coming weeks.