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13 pugilists turn pros

13 pugilists turn pros
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After signing big names like Beijing Olympians Vijender Singh, Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, IOS Boxing Promotions on Tuesday announced the signing of 13 more pugilists.

New Delhi: After signing big names like Beijing Olympians Vijender Singh, Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, IOS Boxing Promotions on Tuesday announced the signing of 13 more pugilists. Among them are Olympian Diwakar Prasad, Commonwealth Games medallist Amandeep Singh and WBC Asia welterweight champion Neeraj Goyat and MMA champion fighter Pawan Mann here.

With this addition, IOS pool has now risen to a total of 16 boxers who will start their training under the guidance of foreign trainers at the IOS boxing training facility being set up in Gurugram. The 32-year-old Diwakar Prasad, who will make his debut in pro-boxing with IOS this year, has previously qualified to compete in the bantamweight category at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Diwakar has earned accolades for India in many international events. On turning pro, he said: "I believe this is a great step in my boxing career." Amandeep, 29, who turned professional last year, has won both his bouts so far. He has had a great amateur career, grabbing a bronze in the Commonwealth Games 2010.

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