Victorious boxers from Thoraipakkam

By K. Manjula

S. Kalaiarasan and Arun Kumar, boxers training at the Power Boxing Club in Thoraipakkam have bagged gold in the recently held U-18 State level tournament. They will be representing Tamil Nadu in the 2nd junior women & men’s National Boxing Championship 2018 to be held at Mohali, Punjab from Dec.12 to 18 by the Boxing Federation of India.
S. Kalaiarasan, a resident of Perungudi and a class 11 student, will participate in the 44-46 Kg category. Arun Kumar, resident of Vyasarpadi and a class 12 student, will participate in the 57-60 Kg category.

They train under P. Devaraj, who runs the 20 year old Power Boxing Club that offers classes from Thoraipakkam Govt. Higher Secondary School. Veteran boxer Devaraj is the Secretary of the Kanchipuram District Boxing Association.
“I am learning boxing for the past 6 years at the Club and have won 4 gold medals at various State tournaments. Recently I represented our State and won the gold at the Dual National Tournament against Goa. I will surely make a mark in the upcoming Nationals,” says confident Kalaiarasan; he aims to win the Olympic gold in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The duo are presently training at the Army Boys Sports Company, Bangalore (school plus coaching facility for young boys) sponsored by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Kalaiarasan spoke to Adyar Times during his vacation in Chennai, while Arun Kumar is still at Bangalore. During their breaks, they continue their training at the Thoraipakkam Club.

There are many talented pugilists training at the club, hoping to make it big and bag medals in the National and International arena. They train daily at the School premises in the evening and follow a combination of Cardio and Strength training routine like running, skipping, push-ups and punching bags to stay fit. Devaraj of Power Boxing Club can be reached at 95144 33281.