Sarita wins debut pro bout against Zsofia Bedo
Imphal, Jan. 30: Former Asian champion boxer Laishram Sarita Devi in her professional debut bout on Sunday outclassed Hungary’s Zsofia Bedo in the Indian Boxing Council Fight Night at the indoor Stadium here at Khuman Lampak sports complex. Sarita won by a unanimous decision (40-34,40-34 and 40-33).Thirty one year old former Asian champion Sarita and 59-pro bout veteran Zsofia (29) had engaged in verbal sparring since the announcement of the bout, but the former who ruled the bout was backed by her home fans in the lightweight division. Sarita’s first ever professional win was an emotional affair as her family members including her 3 year old son Tomthin and mother Khomdonbi beside her sisters were also present ringside as she traded punches with her Hungarian rival. After the winning bout, an overjoyed Sarita told the gathering with emotions that she was quite excited. She said, “I am dedicating the victory to our people. Thank you, Manipur for supporting me. The sacrifice made over the past decade has paid off.”Sarita made the headline at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games after her one-year ban by the world body for the amateur sport, International Boxing Association as she was refusing to accept the bronze medal in protest against judging in her semi-final bout against her opponent, representing hosts South Korea. Recalling that the people of Manipur had stood for her during her one year ban adding she was here today all because of people of the state, she also admitted that she will continue with her professional boxing. Sarita was more aggressive in the fourth and fifth round even though she dominated the entire bout. The crowd also gave a rousing applause when the verdict of the IBC night fight was announced formally. Even Sarita’s 3 years old son Tomthin who was seen excited throughout the game, climbed on the wing and joined the celebration.