‘MY MEDALS, MONEY ARE ALL FOR MY MOTHER’ Ahead Of Her Worlds Semis, Ja­muna Boro Tells TOI She Can’t See Her Mother Strug­gle Any­more

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New Delhi: Ad­ver­sity some­times brings out the best in a per­son. No one knows it bet­ter than young In­dian pugilist Ja­muna Boro who grew up in ex­treme poverty but never al­lowed it to be­come a hur­dle in her quest for glory on the global stage of women’s box­ing.

Ja­muna has al­ready sur­passed all ex­pec­ta­tions by as­sur­ing her­self a medal in her maiden ap­pear­ance at the on­go­ing World Cham­pi­onships in Ulan-Ude, Rus­sia. The 23-year-old As­samese will fight for a place in the 54kg fi­nal at the Worlds on Satur­day. She will be up against top seed and former Asian Games bronze medal­list, Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chi­nese Taipei, but is un­per­turbed by the stature of her ri­val.

“The fight­ing spirit in me has kept me go­ing through­out my box­ing ca­reer. I have faced enough test­ing times in my life and I am tak­ing to­mor­row’s bout as yet an­other chal­lenge for me. I am con­fi­dent of my vic­tory. I’ll give it my all,” said Ja­muna, beam­ing with con­fi­dence.

Ja­muna’s life has been full of strug­gles. From trav­el­ling an hour ev­ery day from her vil­lage Bel­siri in Sonit­pur district to Udal­guri district to play the mar­tial art game of wushu – which she played till the age of 12 – to help­ing her mother Nir­mala sell veg­eta­bles by the road­side, Ja­muna went through the grind with­out any com­plaint.

Box­ing hap­pened by chance to Ja­muna who grew up in a one-room house. She lost her fa­ther Parshu when she was just six years old and her mother raised her daugh­ters and sons by sell­ing veg­eta­bles. Ja­muna was se

Ja­muna Boro (left) in ac­tion at the Worlds

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