Sarjubala Devi

Sarjubala Devi (born 1 March 1993) is an Indian woman boxer from Manipur and represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics.[1][2] After being awarded as the Best Boxer at Youth World Women Boxing Championship organised at Turkey, the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) announced support for Sarjubala Devi in 2012.[3] She is referred to as the next Mary Kom.[4] She used to be part of the 48 kg category but recently changed it to 51 kg category.[4] After the change she claimed a Gold Medal at the National Women's Boxing Championship 2018 (Fly category). She also won the Best Boxer award at the 7th Youth Women National Championship in Patiala and in the 14th Senior Women Boxing Competition.[5]

Sarjubala Devi
Samjetsabam Sarjubala Devi

(1993-06-01) 1 June 1993 (age 30)
OccupationBoxer Women's 48kg
Known forLight Welter-weight (48kg)
Medal record
Women's boxing
Representing  India
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2014 Jeju Light flyweight

Early life and careerEdit

Sarjubala Devi was born in a farmer's family to Sh Rajen Singh and Thoibi Devi.[5] Being inspired by the stories of Mary Kom's success, she joined boxing school in 2005. Two years later, she joined the Sports Authority of India training centre in her city, Imphal India.[6] Before winning Silver at the Junior Nationals she won the Sub-Junior Women National Championships both in years 2006 and 2008.[7] She won the World Youth Championship in 2011[3] and later went on to win the Senior National Championship the same year. She has also participated in the 11th Senior Women National Boxing Championship in 2011.[5]

Devi did not make it past the quarterfinals stage at the 2016 Rio Olympics.[2] She also represented India at the Asian Games 2018 but was knocked out during the quarterfinals against China's Chang Yuan.[8]

In February 2022 Devi had her first professional boxing match against Lulu Kayage of Tanzania. The match took place in Dubai. This was Kayage's seventeenth professional match but Devi won by a unanimous decision in what was reported as a one-sided match.[9]


Sarjubala Devi is an honourable boxer, some of her achievements in the field of boxing are:[7]

Year Event Location Awards/ achievements
2006 Sub-Junior Women National Championships India Gold Medal
2008 Sub-Junior Women National Championships India Gold Medal
2009 Junior Women National Championships Goa Silver Medal
2010 National Boxing Championships Bhopal Gold Medal
2010 6th Youth Women National Boxing Championship Guwahati Best Boxer
2011 National Boxing Championships Bhopal Gold Medal
2011 Youth National Championships India Gold Medal
2011 7th Youth Women National Boxing Championship Patiala Best Boxer
2011 AIBA World Youth Boxing Championships Antalya Gold Medal
2013 14th Senior Women Boxing Competition   Khatima Best Boxer
2014 Women World Boxing Championship Jeju City, Korea Silver Medal



  1. ^ "Sarjubala bows out of Sr Women's National boxing Championship". The Times of India. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Rio Olympics 2016: Lack of a boxing federation has hurt the Indian women boxers". 25 May 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "OGQ to support youth world champion boxer Sarjubala Devi". Zee News. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Asian Games 2018: With tweaked boxing style, 'golden girl' Sarjubala Devi wants to make up for CWG heartbreak - Firstpost". 14 August 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "Indian Boxing Federation Boxer Details". Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  6. ^ "How Manipur's Punching its Way Out of North East Box". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Sarjubala Devi Olympic Gold Quest". Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Asian Games 2018 day 11 as it happened: Arpinder, Swapna bag gold, India women book hockey final berth". 29 August 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  9. ^ PTI (26 February 2022). "Sarjubala Devi wins debut fight in professional boxing". Sportstar. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
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