‘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
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