Indian boxer Mandeep Jangra’s first professions bout pushed back until May

Mandeep Jangra
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Commonwealth and Asian Championships silver medallist Mandeep Jangra was originally scheduled to make his professional boxing debut this Friday, but the fight has now been postponed to May.

Mandeep Jangra, who signed a deal with Pro Box Promotions, a boxing promotional company based in Florida, will be making his professional debut on 1st May in a not yet determined location in Tampa.

A fan of Mike Tyson, Mandeep Jangra hopes “top-quality” professional debut

The welterweight fighter, who hails from Haryana, turned professional back in early March and was supposed to have his pro bout in the super welterweight (69kg) category against an undecided opponent and the fight was going to be conducted in association with MTK Global Boxing Promotions.

“I am delighted to have signed with Pro Box Promotions and Garry Jonas,” Jangra was quoted in a recent press release following his promotional deal, “Garry has guided world champions such as Juan Carlos Payano and Argenis Mendez, so I am very excited to follow in their path and become a world champion for the people of India.” 

Jangra has been a fan of Mike Tyson growing up and Jonas, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Pro Box, has history with Tyson as well, something which inspires the Indian pugilist, who was last seen in the squared circle in the 2019 Indian Boxing League.

Mandeep Jangra with his 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medal. (Image Courtesy: PTI)

“I grew up watching Mike Tyson, and Garry was a long-term business partner of Mike Tyson,” the Haryanvi went on, “so it is a dream to work with someone who did great things with one of my heroes Mike Tyson.” 

“I am looking forward to fighting on May 1 in Tampa, Florida, in what will be a top-quality night of entertainment. I am all about bringing entertainment to all of the sporting worlds,” the 27-year-old added.

Formerly coached by 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar, Mandeep Jangra earned his first international medal back in the 2013 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan, clinching silver in the 69 kg category. A year later at the 2014 Commonwealth Games hosted in Glasgow, Scotland, Jangra clinched silver again in the same category.

Alongside the two silvers, Jangra has also clinched another silver medal at the Senior Asian Boxing Championship in 2013 and won gold at the South Asian Games in 2016. In 2015, he was honoured with the coveted Arjuna Award.

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