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Akhil, Jitender set for their professional debut on August 5

Indian boxer duo Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar are set for their professional debut on August 5 in Mumbai. Former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and World Cup bronze-medallist Akhil Kumar will take on experienced Australian Ty Gilchrist in Junior Welterweight (63kg) while World Cup and Asian Championships bronze-medallist Jitender Kumar will take on relatively new opponent Thanet in Lightweight (61kg).

Gilchrist made his debut in the year 2010 and has fought 13 bouts since then with a total of 6 wins, including 2 KOs. On fighting Gilchrist, Akhil said, “Yes, he is more experienced than me, but that does not make any difference to me.”

Both Akhil and Jitender turned professional in 2016 after they signed for IOS Entertainment, the company which brought Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh into the professional fold. Quite excited for making his professional debut, Jitender said, “Debut in pro boxing will be a new beginning for me, I am working really hard to improve my technique and gain physical fitness.”

 

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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