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Residence  Rohtak, Haryana, India
Name  Akhil Kumar
Awards  Arjuna Award for Boxing
Occupation  Boxer Bantamweight
Martial art  Boxing
Citizenship  Indian
Height  1.68 m
Nationality  Indian
Role  Boxer

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Born  March 27, 1981 (age 34) (1981-03-27) Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Akhil Kumar (born March 27, 1981) is an Indian boxer who has won several international and national boxing awards. He practices an "open guarded" boxing style. In 2005, the Indian government gave him the Arjuna Award for his achievements in international boxing. In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Akhil Kumar along with Mary Kom as national observers for boxing.


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Kumar first competed in International boxing in 1999, winning a Gold medal in the 6th YMCA. Junior International Boxing Championship. In 2001 he won another gold medal in the International Invitational Boxing Championship in Russia. In 2003, he won a Gold medal in the flyweight category by defeating Vilitio M Payla (Php) by 20-16. He won a Best Boxer Award three times, in additions to twelve Gold, one Silver, and four Bronze medals.


Kumar qualified for the Athens Games by winning second place at the 1st AIBA Asian 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Guangzhou, PR China. In the first round he lost to Uzbekistan's Tulashboy Doniyorov. At the Olympics 2004, he lost in the first round to Jerome Thomas.

In 2005, Kumar won the gold medal at the 4th Commonwealth Federation Boxing Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. He defeated Bongani Mahalangu of South Africa by a narrow margin of 18-17 in the 54 kg final.

2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games

In the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he won the gold medal in the Bantamweight 54 kg category by edging out Nigerian Nestor Bolum and defeating Mauritian Bruno Julie in the final.

He landed six unanswered blows in the opening round of the final. The second round was quite even, with Kumar winning 5-4. He did slightly better in round 3, winning it 6-4, and despite losing the final round 3-4, succeeded in avoiding the single punch that might have cost him the tie.

2008 Beijing Olympics and AIBA World Cup

Kumar qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games, beating among others, the silver medallist from the 2004 Summer Olympics, Worapoj Petchkoom, at the Asian boxing qualifying tournament in Bangkok. At the Olympic event, he made his way to the second round in the Bantamweight 54 kg category beating Frenchman Ali Hallab on points 12-5. In the round of 16, he controversially beat current World Champion Sergey Vodopyanov, coming from 2-6 down in the second round of the bout. The score was tied 9-9 at the end of the fourth round but the judges' decided in Kumar's favor because he landed a greater number of punches. He lost 3-10 to Veaceslav Gojan of Moldova in the quarter finals on August 18, 2008. He was coached by the Indian Boxing Coach Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu.

In AIBA World Cup 2008 held at Moscow, Kumar Beat Marcel Schinder of Germany in quarterfinals with a marvelous margin of 15-6. In the semifinals the final score was equal, 4-4, but this time, the judges awarded the match to his opponent. Kumar won a Bronze.

2012 London Olympics

Akhil Kumar was ruled out of 2012 London Olympics as due to an injury he failed to reduce weight in time to take part in the Asian Continental Olympic qualification tournament, to be held in Astana( Kazakhstan) in April, 2012.


Kumar received the Arjuna award in 2005.


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