Shiva Thapa is now the highest-ranked Indian boxer in amateur (Olympic-style) boxing series, mounting to second position in the latest AIBA international rankings after garnering a bronze medal at last month’s World Boxing Championships in Doha.
The 21-year-old boxer from Guwahati was rewarded second with 1550 points in the 56kg category, up third place ranking from the previous list in June 2015. The top rank was occupied by Irishman Michael Conlan (2150 points), who won the gold medal at the tournament.
Shiva is only the fourth Indian male ever to fetch a World Championships medal after T. Zoramthanga (1990, bronze), Vijender Singh (2009, bronze) and Vikas Krishan (2011, bronze). He is also the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics and participated in the 2012 London Olympics.
In 2013, Shiva became the youngest Indian to clinch a gold medal at the Asian Confederation Boxing Championship at Amman, Jordan.