Mumbai fighters draft World Champions & Olympians to Fight for India Baku, Azerbaijan, 7 October 2011
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Mumbai fighters draft World Champions & Olympians to Fight
Baku, Azerbaijan, 7 October 2011: Mumbai Fighters delivered their first punch in some style at
the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Draft held at Baku on October 6, 2011. The India Boxing Team
picked up an exciting & formidable line-up which includes a World No. 1, Youth Olympics
champion and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist to name a few.
Current World No. 1 middleweight boxer Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan, 2010 Youth Olympics gold
medalist Damian Hooper and Commonwealth Games welterweight gold medalist Patrick
Gallagher of Ireland were picked in the first three rounds of WSB draft held on Thursday.
Irish man Gallagher, 22, was a welterweight gold-medalist at the Delhi CWG last year. Atoev,
Hooper and Callagher would fill up the middleweight category for Mumbai Fighters in the 2011-
12 season of WSB.
For the light heavyweight category, Fighters didn’t settle for anything less. Uzbek Sardor
Begaliyev, 19, was picked in the fourth round of the Draft. Begaliyev won the silver at the 2010
World Youth Championships in 81kg category.
Mumbai Fighters continued their quest to form a world-beating side by picking current light
welterweight European champion Raymond Moylette, 21, from Ireland for WSB lightweight
Team Principal and owner Udit Sheth expressed his satisfaction with the line-up and thanked
Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) for their timely inputs. “We are very happy with our
selection from the draft. We got the 1st pick, and with the expertise of our Technical Director
and IABF team we selected the best. Atoev, Callagher, Hooper, Begaliyev and Moylette are all
excellent fighters with strong records to their name. Now the boys will assemble at camp
shortly and will come together to Fight for India. The India Boxing Team looks strong and its
performance will speak for itself starting 11.11.11.”
Apart from the above the team has also taken Trent Rawlins and Paul Koon into the draft for
the heavy weight category. Both boxers have a formidable record in WSB and will bring their
experience to guide the new stars.
The Fighters will have a total squad of 20 boxers out of which the seven foreign champions
have been selected. The final 13 Indian boxers will be closed by team Head Coach and Technical
Director in the next fortnight. These will mainly comprise of boxers in the lightweight and
bantam weight category.
The boxers drafted by Mumbai Fighters: Abbos Atoyev (UZB - Middleweight 73kg), Damian
Hooper (AUS - Middleweight 73kg), - Patrick Gallagher (IRL - Middleweight 73kg), Sardor
Begaliyev (UZB - Light Heavyweight 85kg), Raymond Moylette (IRL - Lightweight 61kg)
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Mr. Prafull Sawant
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