Women are now at par with men in every sphere of life and the world of boxing is no exception. Consider, for instance, Manisha Moun, who despite being just 21 years of age (at the time of writing this post), has already made a name for herself by defeating some prominent names at the women boxing circuit.
The road to glory, however, isn’t easy. Hailing from a small village, named Mathour, in Kaithal district of Haryana and belonging to a financially un-sound family, Manisha Moun had nothing to boast about apart from her skill, and grit to become a renowned boxer.
Here are 9 facts that you should know about this pugilist from Haryana:
1) Manisha’s father, Krishan Kumar, used to be a tractor mechanic. However, suffering heart strokes, twice, forced him into a life of less-activity, thus leaving Manisha as the sole earner of a family of five.
2) Now, Manisha’s ‘income’ from Haryana’s awards schemes or her savings from her tournament and training stints abroad is the only source of her family’s bread and butter. In an interview, Manisha Moun stated that she saved INR 22,000 when she went to train in England!
3) At present (November 2018), she is in the final year of her BA course at Kaithal’s RKSD College.
4) Her tryst with boxing wouldn’t have been possible had she not accompanied her brother for evening Volleyball games at the RKSD stadium, where she had a chance meeting with boxing coach Rajender Kumar.
5) After learning the basics and ‘testing waters’ for one-and-a-half-year, Manisha showed how promising a talent she was when she was adjudged the best boxer in Devsar, Bhiwani, after she bagged a gold in the Haryana State Sub-Junior Championship.
6) Until this stage, her parents were not aware that their daughter was secretly “boxing around”. However, the above-mentioned laurel highlighted her name in every local newspaper and the result was ‘confrontation’. Since their daughter had made her parents proud, she was spared of a scolding but not of questions- when? why? where?
7) She is a huge fan of Ukrainian pugilist Vasyl Lomachenko
8) Manisha made her dream debut at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship, 2018, by beating two-time bronze medallist Christina Cruz (USA).
9) As far as her achievements are concerned, the Haryanvi boxer has already won 3 significant medals in 2018- a gold in Indian Open, a silver in senior nationals and another silver in Silesian Women’s Boxing Championship, Poland, where she beat the reigning world champ Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan. #FeelProud
What do you think about Manisha Moun’s technique or future as a boxer? Kindly shoot down your views in the comments below!