Meet the Only Boxer Who Ensured India Didn’t Return Empty Handed from the World Championships

After a closely fought match, 24-year-old boxer Sonia Lather won the silver in the Women's World Championships at Astana, Kazakhstan.

Wonderful news coming in from Astana, Kazakhstan: Indian boxer Sonia Lather has won a silver in the recently concluded AIBA Women’s World Championships.

The 24-year-old boxer stormed into the finals of the Championships after beating Kazakhstan’s Aizhan Khojabekova with an astounding 3-0. In a match that will go down in history as one of Lather’s best, the Indian boxer’s right hooks and power-packed jabs left her opponent unsettled and off-balance. Lather’s stellar performance had the judges voting unanimously in her favor.

In the finals, the Haryana girl faced off against Italy’s Alessia Mesiano. Lather’s confident performance in the opening round was undone by the Italian who stepped up her game in the third and fourth rounds. Lather lost the closely fought match by 1-2, settling instead for the silver.

Lather’s win also ensured that India did not return empty handed from the Championship series.

Untitled design (8)

Image Source: Facebook (1,2)

Lather’s hard-fought win ends a six-year-long dry spell for India at the World Championships; our last win came in 2010 with the ‘Magnificent Mary Kom’ claiming her fifth consecutive gold in the 48 kg category.

You may also like: 24 Most Glorious Moments In The History Of Indian Sports

Lather is an 8 time National Gold Medalist. She burst onto the international scene with a silver medal in the 2012 Asian Championships and a bronze win 2014’s 3-Nations Cup, Serbia.

With her praiseworthy performance at the World Championships ending just one step away from the World Title, she is definitely a star to keep an eye out for.

Featured Image Source: Facebook (1,2)

Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us:, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

Deep Dive

The Better Mentor

See All

We at The Better India want to showcase everything that is working in this country. By using the power of constructive journalism, we want to change India – one story at a time. If you read us, like us and want this positive movement to grow, then do consider supporting us via the following buttons.

Please read these FAQs before contributing.

Let us know how you felt

  • love
  • like
  • inspired
  • support
  • appreciate
Sign in to get free benefits
  • Get positive stories daily on email
  • Join our community of positive ambassadors
  • Become a part of the positive movement