Shiva Thapa: Knockout Dreams

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Shiva Thapa

Shiva Thapa, the 29-year-old Indian boxer, is all set for the Hangzhou Asian Games 2023, where he will be boxing with Askat Kulatev of Kyrgyzstan in the Men’s 63.5kg category. In 2022, he became the first male boxer to win 6 medals at the Asian Championships by securing a silver in Jordon.

The Round of 16 will take place on 27th September 2023 at Hangzhou Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, in which the Indian boxer will be facing his Kyrghystan counterpart. The live telecast of this sporting event will be available on Sony Sports Network channels, starting at 1:15 IST (Indian Standard Time).

Early Life

Shiva Thapa started boxing at an early age, when his father Padam Thapa who was a karate instructor in Guwahati encouraged him to pick up Karate. When his father got to know that karate was not an Olympic sport, he enrolled Shiva into boxing.

Shiva followed a regimented life since the age of six – he used to wake up at 3 a.m., run for 3 km, and do endurance and strength exercises like push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups. He used to go to Ulubari Boxing Club in Assam along with his elder brother, after which they used to attend school.

His professional boxing career started in 2005 at the sub-junior National Boxing Championship in Noia, UP. He wanted to participate in the 36kg category, but due to some misunderstanding, he had to participate in the 38kg category, for which he had to drink a lot of water. Surprisingly, he won the National Championship by defeating the Services Champion.

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Shiva Thapa Achievements

Starting from the 2005 sub-junior National Championship in Noida to the ongoing Hangzhou Asian Games, Shiva Thapa has always been the centre stage in boxing with his fast-forward attacking technique. He was the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics in Boxing and was the youngest Indian boxer to win a gold medal in the Asian Confederation Boxing Championship at Amman, Jordon in July 2013. Check the table below to know all the career achievements of Shiva Thapa.

Silver Medal at the 38th GeeBee Boxing Tournament in Helsinki, Finland2019
Gold Medal at 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem in Czech Republic2017
Silver at Asian Amature Boxing Championships in Taskent, Uzbekistan2017
Arjuna Award2016
Bronze Medal at World Amature Championships in Qatar2015
ICC Sports Excellence Award2013
Gold Medal at Asian Confederation Boxing Championship in Jordon2013
Silver Medal at Youth Olympic Games in Singapore2010
Bronze Medal at Children Asia International Sports Games in Yakutsk, Russia2008


Who is Shiva Thapa?

Shiva Thapa is an Indian Boxer and was the youngest Indian to qualify for the Olympics at London 2012. He is a 6 times Asian Games medallist and has several other achievements in his arsenal.

How many Asian games medals does Shiva Thapa have?

Shiva has won 6 Asian Games medals including his last year’s silver medal at Jordon.

In which category does Shiva Thapa play?

Shiva Thapa plays in the Men’s 63.5kg in Boxing.

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