2012 yearender: Indian boxing takes blows galore in disappointing 2012

Indian boxing

The boxers, meanwhile, are wondering what the future holds even though they won't be affected immediately as the next round of AIBA events does not start before seven-eight months from now.

But the administrative mess has surely put a brake on Indian boxing's ascent for the time being.

Another massive blow came when the lone Indian franchise in the semi-professional World Series of Boxing, Mumbai Fighters, pulled out due to paucity of funds.

More than the funds, this pullout was a result of the alleged "lack of support" that franchise owners, TransStadia, complained about with regards to IABF.

Even though WSB offered Olympic quota places, there was hardly any enthusiasm for the event with top names such as Vijender giving it a miss despite being offered big money.

With the AIBA planning to do away with head-guards from next year, the WSB could have been the perfect platform to improve endurance for the Indian boxers but this again ended up being an opportunity missed.

And this is precisely how 2012 would go down -- a series of missed opportunities.

With no international event lined up for the next few months, the focus would firmly be on the administrative issues that need to be resolved at the earliest to chart out a better future for the sport.

But given the situation, the coming year would start off on an uncertain note for boxing in India.

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