Lovlina Borgohain is a rising Indian boxer, who currently competes in the welterweight category. Hailing from Assam, Lovlina is another of the talented boxers from India’s Northeast region. It is from here that legendary boxers like MC Mary Kom, Shiva Thapa and Sarita Devi. Lovlina is jointly ranked at No. 9 along with Linh Tran Thi in the 69 kg category by AIBA. Both the boxers have 210 points.
|Full Name||Lovlina Borgohain|
|Sports Category (Current)||69 kg|
|World Ranking (Current)||9 (joint)|
|Age||21 (02 October 1997)|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.77 m)|
Lovlina was born in Assam’s Golaghat district on 2nd October 1997 to Tiken and Mamoni Borgohain. Her father, Tiken is a small-scale businessman in Golaghat. Lovlina was inspired to pursue a career in Kickboxing by her elder sisters Licha and Lima. In fact, both of them have been national champions in the sports.
However, over a due course of time, Lovlina got an opportunity to switch to Boxing and grabbed it with both hands. It was at a boxing trial held by the Sports Authority of India at her high school, Barpathar Girls High School, that the budding boxer got recognized by the renowned coach Padum Boro. As a result, she soon started training at the Boxing Academy from 2012. After she progressed to International stage, Lovlina came under the aegis of India’s chief women’s coach Shiv Singh.
Lovlina rose to prominence last year when she won a bronze medal at the President’s Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan. She was competing in the 75 kg category. Lovlina had raised hopes by entering the semifinals round of the tournament. However, she could not get past Shakimova of Kazakhstan. Nevertheless, with the win, Lovlina became the only Indian to register a win in the prestigious tournament. She doubled it by going on to win a bronze medal at the Asian Boxing Championships in Vietnam in November 2017.
Lovlina’s real and possibly the biggest break came at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In selected in the prestigious tournament in the welterweight boxing category. (The selection, however, was surrounded in controversy as it was found out that Lovlina had not received any official intimation about the purported selection. In fact, she got to know about her selection from a local news channel.)
Lovlina’s selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games was a resultant of her success at the inaugural India Open which is an international boxing championship. In the event that was held in February 2018, Lovlina had won a gold medal in the welterweight category.
At the Commonwealth Games, Lovlina had an impressive start which saw her progress in the quarterfinals of the prestigious event. However, she was to face an arduous task of trouncing United Kingdom’s Sandy Ryan. Sandy is a seasoned boxer and a 2014 World Championships silver medalist.
Nevertheless, Lovlina started the first round on back foot, as four judges of the five ruled in the favour of Sandy. It was a close contest in the following rounds though, as the Indian gave her opponent run for her money. However, much to the disappointment of Lovlina, the interesting contest ended 3-2 in Sandy’s favour. (30-27, 30-27, 28-29, 29-28, 28-29) Nevertheless, that was a vital learning experience. As for Sandy, she went on to win the Welterweight boxing gold.
Lovlina later won a silver medal at the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia in June 2018. She followed it up with a bronze medal at the 13th International Silesian Championship that was held in Poland earlier in September.
Lovlina will now be representing India at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship being held in New Delhi, India.
Lovlina Borgohain was born in Assam’s Golaghat district on 2nd October 1997 to Tiken and Mamoni Borgohain. Her father, Tiken is a small-scale businessman in Golaghat. Lovlina was inspired to pursue a career in Kickboxing by her elder twin-sisters Licha and Lima Borgohain. In fact, both of them have been national champions in the sports.
|2017||Gold||75||Asian Women’s Championships, Vietnam|
|2017||Bronze||75||President’s Cup, Astana|
|2018||Silver||69||Ulaanbaatar Cup, Mongolia|