India have experienced true zeal of professional boxing with the launch of the PBC Boxing Night in which former Youth Commonwealth Games medal-list Neeraj Goyat was squared off against Filipino Nelson Gulpe for the 66 Kg. Asian title on 30th May 2015. The event being conducted under the aegis of the World Boxing Council (WBC), in partnership with the North India Boxing Association, was opened with five fights of which the Neeraj-Gulpe bout having 12-round affair. Saturday’s fight was conducted at a popular mall in South Delhi to ensure that getting a decent audience won’t be a major headache even though entry has been kept free.
Indian boxing star Neeraj Goyat had won the historic WBC Asia Welterweight Championship. Neeraj claimed the Asian Boxing Council title with a unanimous points victory against Nelson Diaz Gulpe of the Philippines. Staged in New Delhi on 30 May it was the first Indian professional boxing event held in India. The event was staged by the North Indian Boxing Association (NIBA). Prior to the historic event, official weigh-in and media conference, Mr Bruce McTavish, referee and director of the WBC Ring Officials Committee conducted a seminar for judges and referees.
“It’s a great honor to win the WBC Asian boxing championship in New Delhi. This is a great achievement, a milestone for professional boxing in India, and I look forward to defending the title in India or another country”, Neeraj Goyat
“It was 13 years ago when we took professional boxing to China and through that China has a world champion now. Why can’t India do what China did? India has the talent”, WBC representative Mctavish Bruce Donald.
“We have been watching the development of boxing in China for the last 10 years. We believe that India can progress as quickly as China because India knows about boxing”, added Patrick Cusick, WBC Asia’s Secretary General.