Jalandhar: BSc physical education 2nd year student of Lovely Professional University (LPU), Manju Rani has brought glories to the country by grabbing ‘Silver Medal’ in 48kg weight category at Women’s World Boxing Championship held in Ulan-Ude, Russia. Knocking her way to qualify for ‘Olympic Games’ through her determined wins and power of fierce punches, Manju has earned world-wide acclamations up till now. Scripting history in her maiden appearance at ‘World Championship’, Manju entered the finals of the championship with a 4-1 win over her strong Thailand’s opponent, in semi-final bout. Manju Rani not only equated internationally reputed Mary Kom’s ‘World’s debut’ record, but also scaled ahead of her by winning Silver Medal in comparison to Mary’s Bronze winning. Illustrative, out of four Indian competitors in different weight categories, Manju is the only Indian to reach finals in Russia. In grabbing ‘World Champion’ title, Manju lagged behind by just a single step as she lost finals against second-seeded Russian boxer Ekaterina Paltceva. Still, she managed to finish as the best Indian performer in this competition.
Prior to this win, Manju has already won gold medal at the senior national boxing championship held in Vijayanagar, Karnataka. Manju paved her way to international podium by winning ‘Silver Medal’ at ‘Strandja Memorial Cup’ tournament held annually in Europe (Bulgaria). She has also won bronze medals in the India Open and Thailand Open. Congratulating the promising boxer-student, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal inspired her to keep on bringing more accolades to the nation by now targeting an Olympic Win.
Talking about her hitherto stormy journey, Manju shares, “Being fatherless and a poor sister to 4 siblings, my coaches in my native village Rithal (Haryana) identified deep wrath in me and advised me to join Lovely Professional University (LPU) to sharpen my boxing skills. After going for my first trial only, I was selected to get admission at LPU. At that time, my mother was ready to mortgage her jewellery to fund my training and education. However, I am thankful to LPU Management that after watching my boxing skills in the ring, LPU decided to provide me 100 per cent scholarship, including free accommodation. LPU also provided me great chances by grooming me to enter zonal, national competitions and join coaching camps for international competitions. This all helped me in paving my way to present international arena.”
Strong admirer of former American professional boxer and WBO heavyweight title holder Lamon Brewster, Manju Rani also wants to be like him, and best known for scoring knockout victories. She is also morally boosted by her mother to keep on following her lofty dreams. In a message to the girls of her age, Manju advises: “Be fit and fine and pursue your passion in whatever form it is.” Highlighting, poles apart of her boxing domain, Manju is extremely fond of painting, with deft drawings and artistic sketches.