Son of a karate instructor, combat sports were always in Shiva Thapa’s genes. But it was an introduction to Mike Tyson as a child which inspired the Assam lad to jab his way into the pages of Indian boxing’s history books.
Shiva Thapa was only 18 when he qualified for the Olympics in 2012 making him the youngest Indian boxer ever to qualify for the Games. By the time he was 22, he was already a two-time Olympian and an Arjuna Awardee.
The youngest of six siblings, Shiva Thapa and his elder brother Gobind grew up under the watchful eyes of their father Padam, who was determined to mould one of them into an Olympian.
While Gobind went on to win multiple medals in state-level boxing and gave his younger brother someone to look up to during the formative years, Shiva Thapa soon built on it and began excelling.
Juggling his training alongside his studies, Shiva Thapa’s amateur career was coming along nicely and before long, he had his first real brushes of success. With a silver medal in the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, his international renown began.
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