Adani's Gujarat GiantsLands a Knock-Out Punch at India's maiden Boxing League
In line with its long-term vision to discover and nurture global sporting icons in India, the Adani Group recently entered the boxing fray. Aligned to its overarching philosophy of nation-building, it picked up a team in the inaugural edition of the Big Bout Indian Boxing League - a multi-team boxing league.
Named Gujarat Giants, the team comprising Asian Games Gold medallist and World Boxing Championship Silver medallist Amit Panghal has already registered a hat-trick of wins in its first three matches, thus qualifying for the semi-finals of the competition. It also includes Sarita Devi, Duryodhan Negi, Ashish Kumar, Poonam, Rajesh Narwal, Chirag and foreign player Scott Forest from Scotland.
Gujarat Giants, one of the participating six teams are favourites to win the Big Bout League that will culminate on December 21.
This is the second sports franchise belonging to the Adani Group after its successful and popular Kabbadi team. Through their rapidly increasing footprints in sports such as boxing and wrestling, the Adani Group is on a mission to popularise lesser-known sports in India with wider reach & coverage. It also has sports initiatives such as Garv Hai to unearth grassroots talent & bring deserved recognition to sports stars and athletes who represent India at the biggest of stages.
"India has a proven track record globally in combat sports such as Boxing and Wrestling. Our vision to participate in the Big Bout League is to contribute to strengthening these sports at the grassroots level. I firmly believe that increased visibility on television would not just earn these sports a place in popular sentiments but inspire a new generation of sporting heroes for the nation." said Mr Pranav Adani, Managing Director - Oil, Agro and Gas, Adani Group.
The other teams in the Big Bout League are Punjab Panthers, Odisha Warriors, Bombay Bullets, NE Rhinos and Bengaluru Brawlers.
After an impressive 5-2 victory over MC Mary Kom-led Punjab Panthers, Gujarat Giants' Sarita Devi said, "I am happy that we went to the semi-finals. The entire team have put their effort to win the match. We will definitely win the finals. Everyone used to say that my age (37) and being a mom will affect my game, that was the biggest challenge and I have overcome it by defeating my opponent yesterday. We will work hard in coming matches and I am quite sure that we will lift the trophy."